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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Scott Warren: Humanitarian Aid on the Border: 'An epic undertaking'

Photos courtesy No More Deaths
Describing recovering the remains of 18 people near his home in Ajo, Arizona since 2014, No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren testified, "The journey is a kind of epic undertaking where you have to put everything on the line to make it…There is an expectation of struggling.”

The leader of Pueblo Sin Fronteras was arrested Wednesday under pressure from Trump, as No More Deaths'volunteer Scott Warren's federal trial is underway in Tucson. Another leader, Cristóbal Sánchez was arrested in Mexico City, the same day.

By No More Deaths
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TUCSON -- In the federal trial of humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren.
Roundup of day 5 in the trial of #ScottWarren:
1) We began the day with over 100 people of faith joining together for a prayer service outside the courthouse. Faith leaders from around the country and across traditions spoke to the importance of staying true to one’s values in the face of repression, and to caring for the most marginalized in our society. “Water is sacred, water is life,” chanted the crowd. Just before Dr. Warren’s entrance to the courthouse, friends, family and supporters gathered around him and blessed him, that “no weapon formed against him prosper”. You can find photos here: Faith Floods the Courthouse

Under Pressure from Trump, Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists in Mexico

Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists Cristóbal Sánchez and Irineo Mujica

Democracy Now!
In Mexico, police arrested two prominent immigration rights activists Wednesday. Cristóbal Sánchez was arrested by six plainclothes police officers outside his home in Mexico City and driven away in an unmarked car. And in the border town of Sonoyta, Sonora, police detained Irineo Mujica, director of the organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders. In a statement, the group called both arrests illegal and said the activists were targeted by the Mexican government for their humanitarian aid work with asylum seekers. Mujica has worked closely with Scott Warren, a humanitarian aid volunteer with the group No More Deaths in Tucson, Arizona, who faces up to 20 years in prison for providing water, clean clothes and beds to two asylum seekers in the Sonoran Desert. On Wednesday, Scott Warren told a jury at his trial his actions were motivated by three intentions: relief of suffering, respect for human dignity, and the right to self-determination.

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