By Caroline Isaacs
Tucson- A Quaker group that has been advocating against prison privatization in Arizona is organizing a demonstration and press conference for CCA's 30th anniversary. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and other organizations and churches say that the corporation's track record and practice of profiting from incarceration is nothing to celebrate.
The event will take place on Monday, May 13th from 4:00-5:00pm in front of the DeConcini Federal Courthouse, 405 W. Congress in Downtown Tucson.
Monday, May 6, 2013
HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY LIVED BY HUNDREDS OF MIGRANTS on May 1,
By Lety Gutierrez
May 5, 2013
TO THE MEXICAN STATE.
TO THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY.
TO THE MEDIA, FOR ITS RELEASE
“We are afraid, very afraid (...) this is why we don’t want to file a complaint, we are traumatized by what we saw and experienced in Veracruz; there was gunfire, machetes, people hurled, people running towards the mountain". This was one of the many testimonies collected, among surviving migrants of the criminal attack, suffered last May, on the 1st, in the state of Veracruz.
Those events, perpetrated at kilometer 25 of the highway Barrancas-Cosoleacaque, are just one example of the abuses, extortions, assaults, murders and kidnappings that migrants experience everyday in their transit through Mexican territory. Criminal groups do not skimp on age or sex. All men, women, boys and girls, adolescents and the elderly, suffer the same fate: extortion, charge of fees, assault and violence.
MODUS OPERANDI: The modus operandi is as follows: criminals board the train like any migrant, and while the train is in motion, they draw their guns and begin to charge fees for “land use, dues paying, and tolls”, that consist in paying 100, 300 or $1,750 US dollars, or at the last moment, they take away the migrants’ belongings. Everyone has to pay, otherwise they start throwing people off the moving train; they use their guns and machetes to intimidate people and make them pay.
These criminal acts are of legal and situational knowledge of operative and high level officials of dependencies such as the States’ Public Prosecutors’ Offices, the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the Secretary of the Interior (SEGOB), the Federal Police and the National Institute of Migration (INM), and the Army. Criminal networks, with the consent of the authorities, have found in migrants a slave population to commit any crime, without anything happening.
Today, as a country, we are once again increasing the human cost of the HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY (as it has been called by the IACHR Rapporteur for the Rights of Migrants, Felipe González, who after visiting and listening in situ to kidnapped migrants, to mothers and fathers that continued to pay the ransom for their kidnapped sons/daughters, to raped women. No other term could be used to describe the serious violations and violence that we exercise as a country, against this highly vulnerable population.
For his part, the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions of the United Nations Organization (UN), Christof Heyns, referring to attacks against migrants, insisted on the development of genetic databases, to be shared with Central American countries for the identification of missing migrants; as well as the protection of vulnerable groups such as migrants, children, women, journalists and human rights defenders.
Given all the above, the undersigned organizations DEMAND:
1. A follow-up -to its final consequences- of such a serious crime against our migrant brothers and sisters.
2. The comprehensive care of victims in Mexico and in their countries of origin, including damage recovery.
3. That the PGR, PGJ, PF, INM, SCT, NAVY, ARMY, fuse all the information and complaints they get.
a. The PGJ, PF, PGR-UEITMIO-SEIDO have received complaints since 2012 about crime gangs operating in Tenosique, Palenque, Medias Aguas, Coatzacoalcos, Tierra Blanca, Orizaba, Cordoba, Apizaco,
Lechería, Huehuetoca, Irapuato, Celaya and Piedras Negras.
b. THE NAVY, who cordoned off and collected all the evidence at the time of the incident in
Cosoleacaque, should deliver the information to allow a real investigation.
c. THE ARMY, which made a subsequent retention in the area of Coatzacoalcos and recollected testimonials of migrants.
d. THE INM, whose BETA groups have migrants testimonials, names and nicknames of delinquents who are committing the crimes described above. It also had in its hands the migrant victims of May 1. The question is: what will it do with the information given? We want it to provide all the information to the appropriate authorities of the administration of justice.
e. THE SCT, the Ministry of Communications and Transport, that monitors through satellite the train route coming from the south, should provide videos and all the information contained in its files of what
happened at this event, so we can reach a real application of justice.
f. THE CNDH, to make a statement on the matter and to exert its function as an independent body and guarantor of human rights
g. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS like Veracruz to accept the serious problems they have, which are not being addressed.
MNN. May 6, 2013. Prime Minister Harper just announced at the G20 meeting he is personally dismantling the non-“sovereignty” of Canada, to be governed by a new world order. Canadian Security and Intelligence Service CSIS revealed that foreign governments have taken control of Canadian politicians and bureaucrats, Harper may be one of them. These spies receive money, guidance and their orders from their handlers, the banker shareholders that own the corporation of Canada. Their fake by-laws make it necessary to always spy on each other. They bribe, lie, poison, seduce, assassinate and make secret deals with each other. It’s spy vs. spy.