Upcoming sentencing of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

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3 September 2014

Mexico – Upcoming sentencing of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Sixth Judge of the District Court in the State of Oaxaca is expected to hand down the verdict in the case of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez in the coming days. The human rights defender was charged with acts or omissions gravely affecting the “national consumption and national wealth” (el consumo y la riqueza nacional) and with illegally detaining individuals. The charges were brought in February 2012, but referred to events allegedly occurred during a peaceful protest ten months previously, in April 2011.Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez is a member of the Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Assembly of Istmo of Tehuantepec Indigenous Peoples in Defendce of Land and Territory – APIITDTT). She is also…

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