05/04/2020

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender at Increased Risk (Mexico: UA 58.20)


On 30 March 2020, the Secretariat of Public Security of Yucatan State in Mexico withdrew the two police escorts protecting human rights defender Clemencia Adelaida Salas Salazar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and replaced them with just one officer with limited protection functions. Adelaida is a beneficiary of protection measures granted by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in 2017 due to the level of risk she faces. We are calling upon the government of the State of Yucatan to restore full protection in order to protect her life and physical integrity.

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Mtro. Mauricio Vila Dosal
Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Yucatán
Calle 61 x 60 y 62,
Centro, C.P. 97000,
Mérida, Yucatán
México
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @MauVila
Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui
Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20006
Phone: 202 728 1600
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Martha_Barcena
Facebook: @EmbamexEUA
Instagram: @embamexeua
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Governor,

I am writing to express my concern about the recent reduction in protection for human rights defender, Clemencia Adelaida Salas Salazar.

According to the defender, Yucatan’s Secretariat of Public Security recently withdrew her two police escorts, replacing them with just one officer with limited protection functions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adelaida is a beneficiary of protection measures granted by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in March 2017, and the current protection measures that she has been given are insufficient to protect her life and physical integrity.

Measures taken by the State of Yucatan in response to COVID-19 should not further endanger human rights defenders; rather, they should enable them to carry out their essential work in a safe environment.

I call upon the Government of Yucatan to immediately restore Adelaida’s full protection measures in accordance with her wishes and the highest international human rights standards.

Yours sincerely,

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