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"Mexico should assure the rights of association, reunion, protest and liberty of expression of Alejandro Cerezo, in every way possible, including diplomatic activities, especially in the cases recognised as criminalisation of defence, as is the that of the Comité Cerezo Mexico."

- Espacio-OSC

https://pbi-mexico.org/sites/pbi-mexico.org/files/5MiniInformeVDH7_1-1.jpgOn 1st October 2018, Alejandro Cerezo Contreras was deported from Panama City when he has a layover in the city on his way to the city of Asunción in Paraguay.  The defender had been invited to participate in the Third International Seminar about Protection Mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders: between commitment and risk.  Alejandro Cerezo is a member of the Comité Cerezo Mexico and coordinator of Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders (ACUDDEH).  This organisation documents human rights violations against human rights defenders and promotes public policies for holistic protection.  The deportation of Alejandro Cerezo has been considered by the Red Eulat and other international organisations as an act of criminalisation against his work, that took place a month and a half after the publication of the report: Defending human rights in Mexico: the government of impunity.  This report revealed that from 2006 until May 2018, 228 human rights defenders have been killed and 165 forcefully disappeared. 

This act has also been linked to the human rights violations that the Cerezo Contreras brothers were victims of.  In august 2001, Alejando Cerezo was arbitrarily detained and cent to the Federal Social Re-adaptation Centre No. 1 "El Altiplano" where he was tortured together with his brothers Antonio and Héctor Cerezo Contreras.  The authorities accused them of being supposedly responsible of having participated in the attacks against private property of banks in Mexico City.  After three and a half years of arbitrary detention, Alejandro Cerezo obtained his liberty on 1st March 2005, exonerated of all charges and accusations. 

The Espacio OSC publicly solicited that the Mexican State erase information referring to the previous criminal charges of the defender.  It is worth highlighting that this is not the first time Alejandro Cerezo finds himself up against obstacles that restrict his freedom of movement.  In 2012, travelling to Germany in order to receive the Aquisgrán Peace Prize, as a recognition of his work defending human rights, he head to wait until the airline received the authorisation before he was allowed to board the flight and fly over US air space.  The same happened on the return flight.

Alejandro Contreras has precautionary measures from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.