Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
Human Rights Commission
December 10, 2012
Human Rights Vigil
Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
802 N. 7th Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Contacts: Salvador Reza (602) 446-9928; Anayanse Garza (602) 487-0186
Phoenix, AZ – In the aftermath of implementation of AZ SB1070 Section 2b in Arizona, the Human Rights Commission of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio be realizing a Vigil for Human Rights in commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the adoption on December 10, 1948 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Tonight’s vigil will be conducted at the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in conjunction with the weekly Asamblea General of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio.
Of particular concern to the Comités de Defensa del Barrio is the systematic violation of Human Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families by officials of the judicial system including local law enforcement officers in Maricopa County and Arizona that has been exacerbated since the US Supreme Court authorized the implementation of AZ SB1070 Section 2b.
As part of a word wide series of activities in commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Vigil for Human Rights will coincide with the actions in Tucson, AZ being organized by La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos to Denounce Border Violence as well as concurrent events in support of Human Rights around the world as International Human Rights Day.
The actions in Phoenix are in solidarity of the call by Coalicion de Derechos Humanos of Tucson to denounce the violence at the US-Mexico border which has resulted in at least 19 individuals killed by US Border Patrol in the last two years. Beyond the border, the call by the Human Rights Commission of the Comités de Defensa del Barrio tonight is a call the general public to join in a grass roots campaign to proclaim the City of Phoenix as a Human Rights City (as has already been done by Eugene, Oregon) and move to move forward continuously and conscientiously to establish Human Rights Zones throughout the Valley and State, where the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will be recognized, respected, and defended as the Rule of Law for all Peoples, including Indigenous Peoples, Equal to All Other Peoples.
From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Indigenous Rights and the Rights of Mother Earth!