On August 1, 2017, Santiago Maldonado, a 28-year-old ally who was supporting a land claim in the community Pu Lof en Resistencia, in the province of Chubut, Argentina, has been forcefully disappeared during a violent repression by the Argentine National Gendarmerie. The Argentine state has a long history of “disappearing” people as a mechanism to suppress political opposition. During the event, in addition, authorities of the national security ministry were present. The UN Committee against Enforced Disappearances demanded an “Urgent Action” by the Argentine state to search for and locate Santiago Maldonado and to identify those responsible for his disappearance.
1) Please consider disseminating the following press release from 7 Mapuche communities from Chubut and Santa Cruz provinces that demand the return, alive (aparición con vida), of Santiago Maldonado.
2) Please consider joining the Urgent Actions by the Argentine Organization Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and Amnesty International US.