PBI-Mexico concerned by the disappearance of social activist Arnulfo Cerón Soriano

Published by Brent Patterson on

Mexican human rights lawyer and social activist Arnulfo Ceron Soriano went missing on October 11 in the city of Tlapa de Comonfort in the state of Guerrero.

The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project has tweeted, “We express our concern about the disappearance of human rights defender Arnulfo Cerón Soriano.”

PBI-Mexico adds, “Tlachinollan has issued an urgent action demanding his return alive and a prompt and impartial investigation of his case.”

Arnulfo’s wife Gabriela Pablo notes in this Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre petition:

“Arnulfo for several years accompanied social movements, such as the families of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. Recently he was supporting street merchants in the city of Tlapa, who were abused by the municipal president of this town. For that defence action, my husband suffered threats and public disqualifications.”

Gabriela asks, “Help me demand that the authorities activate immediate search protocols to find his location. As the hours go by, we are less likely to find him alive.”

This article in La Jornada also notes the concern that it took 72 hours for the National Search Commission and the National Human Rights Commission to respond to Arnulfo’s disappearance.

And in this article, Abel Barrera, the director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre, highlights Arnulfo’s work defending Indigenous communities, the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students, the slow investigation process by the authorities, and the state failing to safeguard the rights of defenders in the context of the violence they face.

To date, 44,162 people have responded to Gabriela’s request and signed this Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center petition to various authorities in Mexico.

You can follow updates on this from Tlachinollan on Twitter here.

PBI-Mexico has accompanied Tlachinollan since 2003.


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