Saturday, June 23, 2007



Subject: Take action to protect the inhabitants of San Isidro Aloapam

I am writing to you because I am very concerned by the stories I have heard about the attacks on San Isidro Aloapam, having to do with the destruction of the place known as Yyusuni. I hope that you will take action to free Juventino Cruz Pérez, Artemio Pérez Cruz, Juana Morales Pérez, Eutimio Méndez López, and Anastasio López Pérez, who were kidnapped by people from San Miguel Aloapam.

Please put an immediate halt to the repression and paramilitary activities, and guarantee the safety of the inhabitants of San Isidro. I believe you will pursue a just investigation of the facts and bring people to court regarding the torture and killing of the people of San Isidro Aloapam.

Please ensure that San Miguel Aloapam’s forest is managed in a non-destructive way. Please consider a program to heal the 3 to 4 ha of forested land affected by the Mexican pine beetle. Such a program ought to include the participation of all the stakeholders: the environmental groups, community members of San Isidro Aloapam, forest technicians, and neighboring communities.

I ask you to ensure that the agricultural conflicts in the region are dealt with peacefully and in conformity with the affected communities.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

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