The Ayotzinapa Delegation in Montreal

Posted on: April 18th, 2015 by unidos

Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan – Mexico Interviews from CIPOVAN on Vimeo.

Media advisory

Press Conference: Ayotzinapa Delegation in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa

Date: Monday, April 20

Time: 10am

Where: Development and Peace, 1425 René-Lévesque West, H3G 1T7, 4th floor 

Who:  Hilda Legideño Vargas, Mother of a disappeared student

         Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, member of the student committee of Ayotzinapa Normal Rural School

Pierre Beaucage, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal

For more information:

Caravan Ayotzinapa to Ottawamakemexicosafe.ca/ayotzinapa2ottawa/

CDHAL website: 

http://cdhal.org/en/press-releases/ayotzinapa-delegation-quebec-testify-human-rights-crisis-mexico

Video of the Caravan: vimeo.com/124588247

Delegation in Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa, April 18-28th, 2015: 

- April 21, 12-2pm: Lunch and discussion, The Hidden Face of Free Trade: Ayotzinapa, 10 years after NAFTA, FTQ, Montreal: http://cdhal.org/evenements/2015-04-21/diner-causerie-face-cachee-libre-echange-ayotzinapa-10-ans-apres-echec-zlea

- April 22, 2-9pm: Public conference and workshops in UQAM – Ayotzinapa: rights in crises, complicity of the state (RSVP online: www.weezevent.com/ayotzinapa-crise-de-droits-complicites-d-etat)
- April 23, 9am: Media briefing, National Assembly, Québec city

- April 23, 11:30am: Public presentation, Université Laval, Québec city

- April 23, 6:30pm: Discussion and workshops, Carrefour Tiers-Monde, Québec city

- April 28: Meeting with the Parliamentary Subcommittee for International Human Rights, Canadian Parliament, Ottawa.

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Media Contacts

Marie-Eve Marleau, Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL),  marie.eve@cdhal.org

Gerardo Aiquel, L’Entraide missionnaire,  secretariat@lentraidemissionnaire.org

CONTEXT

On September 26, 2014, Mexican state security forces attacked a group of students from the teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, killing 6 people and forcibly disappearing 43 others who were never seen again. The crime has pulled the veil off an acute human rights crisis in Mexico. The search for the students has uncovered more than 15 mass graves in neighbouring areas of the state of Guerrero, none of them containing the bodies of the students.

In 2012, two way trade between Mexico and Canada totalled $20 billion. As a signatory to NAFTA, Mexico is Canada’s 5th largest export destination. Despite the human rights crisis in Mexico, Canada’s refugee system has deemed it a ‘safe country’. Ms. Legideño Vargas, Mr. Balbuena, and Mr. Rosales Sierra will be pressing Canadian parliamentarians and policymakers to acknowledge the human rights crisis in Mexico, felt with particular acuteness by the country’s indigenous population; hold the Mexican government to international human rights norms; review Canada’s program of cooperation with Mexico; and eliminate barriers for people seeking protection in Canada.

Delegation in Montreal

Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena 

3rd year student of the teachers’ college Raul Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa, active member of the student committee and of the movement for justice for his 43 schoolmates who were disappeared by the police on September 26th.

Hilda Legideño Vargas

Mother of Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño, student of the teacher’s college Raul Isidro Burgos who disappeared on September 26th.

Media Articles
 
http://www.straight.com/news/432781/ayotzinapa-ottawa-delegation-aims-draw-attention-student-disappearances-mexico
http://rabble.ca/news/2015/04/canada-called-upon-to-recognize-human-rights-violations-mexico

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