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April 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Imprisoned "peasant ecologist" leader Rodolfo Montiel has won the prestigious $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize. Montiel, 44, led a band of peasants fighting to protect forests in Guerrero state. The prize was one of six the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Foundation awards annually.
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August 26, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Rodolfo Montiel's struggle to protect southern Mexico's mountainside forests from loggers and land barons landed him in prison, where he says he was tortured, and then left him in exile. Now he wants to clear his name. Montiel was part of a peasant movement in Guerrero state that fought to stop the vast and often illegal denuding of the forests of the Sierra de Petatlan in the 1990s. They blocked roads that logging companies used and staged disruptive demonstrations. To silence them, Montiel says, the local bosses who were profiting handsomely from the trade had him arrested on trumped-up charges and accused of belonging to a leftist guerrilla group.
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August 29, 2000 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A peasant farmer who forged a prize-winning grass-roots campaign against rampant deforestation in southwestern Mexico was convicted Monday of drug and weapons charges, evoking outraged protests from environmental and human rights groups. Lawyers for Rodolfo Montiel said a judge in the small town of Iguala had sentenced Montiel to six years and eight months in prison. A colleague of Montiel, Teodoro Cabrera, received a 10-year sentence.
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August 29, 2000 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A peasant farmer who forged a prize-winning grass-roots campaign against rampant deforestation in southwestern Mexico was convicted Monday of drug and weapons charges, evoking outraged protests from environmental and human rights groups. Lawyers for Rodolfo Montiel said a judge in the small town of Iguala had sentenced Montiel to six years and eight months in prison. A colleague of Montiel, Teodoro Cabrera, received a 10-year sentence.
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August 26, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Rodolfo Montiel's struggle to protect southern Mexico's mountainside forests from loggers and land barons landed him in prison, where he says he was tortured, and then left him in exile. Now he wants to clear his name. Montiel was part of a peasant movement in Guerrero state that fought to stop the vast and often illegal denuding of the forests of the Sierra de Petatlan in the 1990s. They blocked roads that logging companies used and staged disruptive demonstrations. To silence them, Montiel says, the local bosses who were profiting handsomely from the trade had him arrested on trumped-up charges and accused of belonging to a leftist guerrilla group.
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July 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Mexican court rejected an appeal by two peasant activists jailed more than two years ago while leading an anti-logging protest, a defense lawyer said. Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera were jailed in 1999 for six years and eight months and 10 years, respectively, on marijuana and gun charges. Both say they were incarcerated for leading a peasant movement against illegal logging in the state of Guerrero.
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December 11, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Los Angeles environmentalists, politicians and activists has begun lobbying for the release of two Mexican farmers who led efforts to save a forest near their village. Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera, who were convicted of drug trafficking this year, are the focus of a national campaign coordinated by the Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2000
Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera, Mexican peasants in the state of Guerrero, are sitting in a jail cell because they could no longer bear the sight of loggers stripping the mountains near their village. A local judge, who refuses to make public the specific charges against them, sentenced Montiel to six years and 10 months and ordered Cabrera behind bars for 10 years.
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February 7, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture welcomed by human rights activists, Mexican President Vicente Fox met Tuesday with supporters of two environmental activists imprisoned here and asked his lawyers to review their case for possible injustices, government officials said.
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June 10, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, facing the rapidly approaching ends of their tenures, on Friday glossed over unresolved disputes between their governments and congratulated each other on the generally good relations between the sometimes contentious neighbors.
NEWS
April 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Imprisoned "peasant ecologist" leader Rodolfo Montiel has won the prestigious $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize. Montiel, 44, led a band of peasants fighting to protect forests in Guerrero state. The prize was one of six the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Foundation awards annually.
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December 22, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Mexico has been hit by another international human rights judgment against its army. In a long-awaited decision, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Mexico and in favor of two peasant ecologists who had long claimed they were illegally detained and tortured by Mexican soldiers working at the behest of powerful logging companies. It is the third such case to go against Mexico this year and was applauded by human rights organizations, which called for the government to submit military abuses to civilian justice.
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November 9, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL and RAFAEL AGUIRRE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
President Vicente Fox on Thursday pardoned two peasant ecologists who had been imprisoned on drug and weapons charges that they and their supporters contend were false accusations meant to intimidate opponents to logging in southwestern Mexico. The pardon of Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera came after the Oct. 19 killing of human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa, who defended the men.
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