KOMO News: “Pressure mounting to release Renton woman from Mexican prison”

According to the International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law, Guerrero law and the Mexican Constitution guarantee the rights of indigenous communities to form their own security institutions. Salgado’s group was officially part of state law enforcement and had the express approval of Guerrero’s governor, the clinic states.

“Today’s her birthday,” said Salgado’s husband Sunday night from his apartment in Renton.

Jose Abila’s never given up hope that his wife will come home.

“I know what I have to do, you know. Every single day keep fighting for her to come home,” he said. “The only thing we need is for the U.S. government to do the final push for her to get released.”

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TeleSUR: “Mexican Activist Nestora Salgado Celebrates Birthday in Prison”

Jailed Mexican activist Nestora Salgado has yet to see freedom two and a half years since she was arrested amid organizing a community police force in the violence-ridden state of Guerrero, but she was far from alone Sunday as family members and supporters gathered outside the prison to celebrate the community leader’s birthday and continue demanding her release.

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King 5 News: “Seattle resolution calls for Nestora Salgado’s release”

Seattle city council is joining in the debate of whether to join the growing chorus of calls for the immediate release of Nestora Salgado, a former Renton resident, who is now in a Mexican prison.

Salgado was arrested in August, 2013 in her home state of Guerrero, where she led a legal community police force to fend off organized crime.

A resolution brought forward by council member Kshama Sawant would urge authorities in Mexico and the United States to “increase its efforts to secure her release.”

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Seattle Globalist: “UN rules Nestora Salgado illegally detained in Mexico”

Fueled by a recent United Nations human rights panel decision, supporters of Nestora Salgado, the Renton woman jailed in Mexico after organizing a community police force, are pressing members of Congress and other U.S. officials to take action on Salgado’s case.

Last week, Salgado’s lawyers at Seattle University’s Human Rights Clinic learned that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that her imprisonment is illegal.

While the ruling isn’t binding, according to a story in the Associated Press, hersupporters said in a press conference on Monday night that they hoped it would build support for Salgado from United States officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, to pressure Mexico to release the naturalized U.S. citizen.

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El Diario: ONU exige a México liberar a Nestora Salgado; detención fue ilegal

Fue detenida por el Ejército y posteriormente incomunicada sin haber sido presentada en ningún momento ante un juez que determinara la legalidad de su detención, destaca el informe

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The Guardian: UN panel finds Mexico’s arrest of organizer Nestora Salgado illegal

A United Nations panel has ruled that Mexico’s 2013 arrest and continuing detention of a community police leader was illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed.

Nestora Salgado is a Seattle-area resident who returned to her native Mexico and led a vigilante-style – but legal – community police force, which mounted patrols to protect residents from cartel operatives.

A dual US-Mexico citizen, Salgado was arrested in August 2013 after people detained by her group alleged they had been kidnapped. A federal judge cleared her of those charges, but a related state case has kept her imprisoned.

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Holiday Collection for Nestora Salgado and the Jailed Community Police

The U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado has launched a Holiday Collection to provide much needed material support to Nestora Salgado and eight Guerrero community police, including Arturo Campos and Gonzalo Molina— all jailed for defending indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico.

The good news in 2015 was the transfer of Nestora and the community police last May from high security prisons to jails with less repressive conditions and access to their families, attorneys and the press as a result Nestora’s hunger strike. This brought attention to Nestora’s case and boosted the growing international campaign calling for the freedom of all political prisoners in Mexico.

The bad news is that Nestora and the community police leaders remain imprisoned under onerous conditions.

Nestora’s family has to pay for her personal care items, telephone calls, medicine, nutritious food and cleaning supplies for her prison hospital room. Recently she had a tumor removed from her face and was forced to pay for the pathology report.

The indigenous community police officers all have wives and children who live in conditions of dire poverty.

How you can help

Join the U.S. Campaign to Free Nestora Salgado in supporting this Holiday Collection effort.

We are asking you to help in two ways:

  • Contribute money for the purchase of telephone cards so Nestora can continue to give phone interviews and publicize her plight beyond the prison walls of the Centro Feminil de Readaptación Social in Tepepan, a suburb of Mexico City.

Make a donation to the Freedom for Nestora Fund here online by pushing this button or following this link to freenestora.org.

Or make out a check to RW/Nestora Fund and mail it to Freedom for Nestora Fund, 5018 Rainier Ave. So, Seattle, WA 98118.

Send money to buy yarn. The community police need yarn to make handicraft items they can sell to produce income for the wives and children who struggle to make ends meet.

To direct your gift to this end, earmark your check for “yarn donation” and send it to the address above.

 

Nestora, Arturo, Gonzalo and the other community police have bravely defended their people and persevered under very difficult conditions.  They stand on the front lines in the fight for indigenous and social rights. They deserve our support.

 

 

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