Editor’s Note: The following is an unofficial translation of a letter from the family of Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia “Carta de la familia Sernas Santiago en el día internacional del detenido-desaparecido“ posted by the Mexican people’s organization, Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo (Current of the People Red Sun).
To mark the International Day of the Disappeared, we would like to share a letter written by the family of our dear comrade Dr. Ernesto Sernas García. [Introductory note by Sol Rojo, -Ed.]
On May 10, 2018 in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia, research professor at the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, educator, lecturer and whenever life confronted his ideological stance and academic training: defender of Human Rights, was disappeared.
He had taken on the defense of 23 political prisoners, many of them indigenous, from the organization Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo, who were arbitrarily detained when they returned from a demonstration, hooded and taken by air to maximum security prisons in terrible inhumane conditions (this is the method used by the state).
Leading their defense, he won their transfer to prisons in Oaxaca, legally and physically confronting the state agencies involved, demanding not only their freedom but also a public apology and the punishment of those who ordered the act. After their release, Dr. Sernas was harassed and threatened by the state police, and finally disappeared.
Naively we went to file a complaint with the Specialized Unit on Forced Disappearance of the State Attorney General’s Office and despite the fact that we provided the necessary information to expedite the search, more than three years later there are no results.
The government has not defined a solid line of investigation; Dr. Sernas’ name was written incorrectly in the National Registry of Missing or Unaccounted for Persons, and they did not deploy personnel to search for him, nor equipment to track him down. And each of the pronouncements issued by national and international human rights organizations have been ignored by state and federal authorities.
The organization Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo and the family of Dr. Ernesto Sernas García have taken responsibility for his search, which is why we have demonstrated in the streets and today we are writing about it here, so that it will not be forgotten.
We have recorded him on the walls of the city to keep his disappearance as part of our historical memory.
We denounce the forced disappearance of Dr. Ernesto Sernas García and the lack of attention from governmental agencies.
Let impunity not be a rule!
Forced disappearance will not be enough to silence the masses!
Let justice come for Ernesto Sernas, let it be done in the streets and on the walls of this city!
Not one more disappeared!
August 30, 2021
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