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- Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 09:40:35 -0500 (CDT)
- Reply-To: email@example.comThis message is forwarded to you by the editors of the Chiapas95 newslists. To contact the editors write to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. To submit material for posting send to: <email@example.com>. Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 18:28:41 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Cupcaketoo <email@example.com> Subject: [Chiapas-L] Expelled U.S. Peace Worker Can Return to Mexico Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Expelled U.S. Peace Worker Can Return to Mexico MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has overturned the expulsion of an American rights worker deported for his work in the troubled southern state of Chiapas, a decision that could open the way for other expelled foreigners to return, his U.S.-based organization said on Wednesday. This month the Interior Ministry annulled the expulsion of Tom Hansen, director of the Chicago-based Mexico Solidarity Network, and agreed to reconsider the expulsions of some 400 other human rights activists, priests and foreign development volunteers, Solidarity Network said in a news release. "There was enough pressure both from inside and outside Mexico that they overturned my case," Hansen told Reuters by telephone, saying he would soon visit Mexico to vacation. Hansen was thrown out of Mexico during a 1998 wave of expulsions of foreigners viewed as meddling in the Zapatista rebel uprising in Chiapas that began in 1994. The expulsions came under increasing criticism from nongovernmental organizations, officials of the Federal Election Institute, and opposition party officials. Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, recently introduced a resolution criticizing the Mexican government for human rights abuses and the expulsion campaign. Hansen, a former coordinator of the Minneapolis-based ecumenical group Pastors for Peace, worked as an international observer in peace talks between the government and rebels. He also took part in the Chiapas Youth Media Project and was an observer at an international meeting against neoliberalism in Chiapas, all activities the government said were prohibited under his tourist visa. He fought the deportation with a series of unsuccessful legal appeals that ended before Mexico's Supreme Court in April. "This represents a very welcome reversal of a policy that has brought criticism and embarrassment to Mexico," Hansen said in the Solidarity communique. Copyright 1999 Reuters. _______________________________________________ Chiapas-L mailing list Chiapas-L@burn.ucsd.edu http://burn.ucsd.edu/mailman/listinfo/chiapas-l -- To unsubscribe from this list send a message containing the words unsubscribe chiapas95 (or chiapas95-lite, or chiapas95-english, or chiapas95-espanol) to email@example.com. Previous messages are available from http://www.eco.utexas.edu/faculty/Cleaver/chiapas95.html or gopher to Texas, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Economics, Mailing Lists.