Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 16, 2011

Humanitarians detained and cited for saving lives on the border

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TUCSON -- Four humanitarians from No More Deaths were detained and cited southwest of Tucson, near the Arizona border, where summer temperatures range from 110 to 117 degrees.

"In recent weeks, temperatures in the Arizona-Sonoran borderland have climbed into the three digit range alongside the escalated number of bodies of sisters and brothers recovered in the blistering desert heat," No More Deaths said.

On July 10, 2011, four humanitarian aid volunteers - Dan Wilson, John Heid, Corrine Bancroft and Jim Marx - were detained by Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge law enforcement personnel. Subsequently the four were served with violation notices for "non-permitted activity".

The No More Deaths humanitarians were walking an active migrant trail in accordance with the mandate "to feed the hungry and offer drink to the thirsty."

"Here in the borderlands a  classic work of mercy becomes a work of resistance," No More Deaths said.

No court date has yet been set. The four have the option to pay a $100.00 forfeiture or face trial.

In other news, two No More Deaths volunteers were part of the courageous effort of the Freedom Flotilla II and efforts for Palestine.

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