By Kathy Price, Mexico campaigner for Amnesty International Canada.
It may not have grabbed headlines but it was nonetheless long overdue good news from Mexico!
The CNDH, the Mexican government’s human rights commission, issued an important public statement on September 10, calling for action by authorities to ensure justice for Angel Amílcar Colón, the indigenous Garifuna human rights defender who was tortured and unjustly imprisoned for 5 long years.
In September 2014, our Secretary General Alex Neve visited Angel in jail and blogged about his grace, dignity and inspiring commitment to justice, despite the horrendous abuses he was suffering.
Amnesty International named Angel a prisoner of conscience and began campaigning for his release with the legal team at Mexico’s Centro Prodh human rights centre.
We were thrilled when our joint efforts successfully won Angel his freedom in October 2014.