October 12, 2017

Urgent Action: Mexican National Facing Execution In Texas (USA: UA 239.17)


Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, a 47-year-old Mexican national denied his consular rights, is due to be executed in Texas on 8 November in violation of international law. Convicted in 1998 of a murder in 1997, he maintains his innocence and is seeking new DNA testing.

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Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, a 47-year-old Mexican national denied his consular rights, is due to be executed in Texas on 8 November in violation of international law. Convicted in 1998 of a murder in 1997, he maintains his innocence and is seeking new DNA testing.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling for the execution of Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez, inmate #999275, to be stopped and his death sentence commuted;
  • Stating that the execution would violate international law and an order of the International Court of Justice;
  • Expressing concern that Ruben Cárdenas Ramírez was denied his consular rights and not provided a lawyer until 11 days after his initial arrest and a week after being charged;
  • Noting that the conviction was based upon highly suspect confession, DNA and eyewitness evidence;
  • Pointing out the irrevocability of execution, and noting that the prisoner is seeking to have modern DNA testing of evidence from the crime, and calling for a reprieve to allow for testing that could exonerate him.

Contact these two officials by 8 November 2017:
Clemency Section, Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, Texas 78757-6814, USA
Fax: +1 512 467 0945
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Board members

Governor Greg Abbott
Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428, USA
Email: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Fax: +1 512 463 1849
Salutation: Dear Governor

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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