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HRD Spotlight: Damián Gallardo Martínez

Damián Gallardo Martínez, an Ayuuk indigenous human rights defender and teacher from Oaxaca state in Mexico, has been arbitrarily detained for more than three years.

He was violently arrested in May 2013 without a warrant and held incommunicado for 30 hours. He was tortured and forced to sign a false confession. He wasn’t informed about the charges he was facing and during several days following his arrest he was not allowed to communicate with his lawyer.

During the detention he has been subjected to various acts of torture and ill treatment. He has been denied adequate medical and psychological diagnosis and care, which has produced irreversible consequences on his health. The ongoing penal process he is facing could result in a sentence of 75 years of imprisonment.

In November 2014, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion holding the detention of Damián Gallardo Martínez to be arbitrary, and called for his immediate and unconditional release.

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About Damián Gallardo Martínez

Damian GallardoDamián Gallardo Martínez is a teacher who has worked to defend the rights of indigenous communities and the right to education in the Mixe and Zapoteca regions of the Oaxaca Hills. He has campaigned for educational reform in Mexico and was a member of the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca – APPO (Popular Assembly of the Towns of Oaxaca) in 2006.

Interview with Damian Gallardo's wife: "I will keep fighting until my husband is released"

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14 يَنايِر/ كانون الثاني 2016

بحسب ما وثّقه التقرير السنوي لعام 2016، قُتل أو مات ما لا يقل عن 156 مدافعا عن حقوق الإنسان في السجن خلال عام 2015. أكثر من نصف عمليات القتل هذه (أي 87 منها) وقعت في أمريكا اللاتينية، 54 منها في كولومبيا لوحدها. أما في خارج الأمريكتين فكان أحد الأرقام الصارخة هو مجموع 31 عملية قتل وقعت ضد المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في الفلبين.

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22 فِبرايِر / شباط 2016

Dispatches 2015 highlights the challenges facing Front Line Defenders in providing fast and effective support to human rights defenders around the world, as the space in which HRDs can work safely continues to shrink.

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