Preface by Comité Cerezo México (Human Rights in the United States: 2023 Report)

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By the Comité Cerezo México

To all the compañeros and compañeras of the Alliance for Global Justice

Sending you a fraternal salute from every one of us that belong to the Comité Cerezo México, an organization that for more than 20 years has protected and promoted the defense of human rights.

Firstly, we would like to congratulate you on the release of your report on the human rights situation in the United States. We’d also like to share that it has been an honor to have been able to contribute in some manner to this publication.

For many years, the lives of millions of people across Latin America have been impacted by injustice and by the political repression and counterinsurgency politics promoted by the United States government. In the concept of human rights and specifically in the documentation of human rights violations, the people have found a tool to arrive at the truth about those responsible for policies that violate human rights, their objectives and beneficiaries; a tool to struggle for justice, for the integral reparation of damage, and to maintain alive the memory of the peoples’ struggles for their liberation from the yoke of Capital.

Source: Comité Cerezo México

Wherever human rights violations exist, the documentation of those violations is a useful tool, even in the very bowels of the main exponent of imperialism in our times: the United States. A country as big and powerful as the blood, life, and labor of the working class and the peasant class upon whom it was erected still stands as a hegemonic force in the world.

It is of critical importance that the people of the United States of America come to know and utilize human rights as a tool for popular struggle. It was a pleasure for us to share our knowledge of this subject and we celebrate that AFGJ will launch its Human Rights School initiative in the U.S. this year. We think that knowing and mastering this tool is not an end unto itself, but fundamentally a means to achieving a dignified life for peoples all over the world.

In closing, we want to express that what we know and share about the subject of human rights is a result of the long struggle and theoretical development of Latin American peoples. Fundamentally, we are nurtured by all struggles, and if we have contributed anything, it’s all been due to the need and persistence of the struggle for the peoples’ dignity. Today, we must also learn from the heroic people of the United States with whom who we are united in our diverse histories of resistance and dreams of truth, justice, memory and the integral reparation of damage.

Comité Cerezo México

This article is part of a series in AFGJ’s Human Rights in the United States: 2023 Report