Documento - México: LÍDER ACTIVISTA Y SU ESPOSA, ASESINADOS EN MÉXICO

URGENT ACTION

UA: 320/12 Index: AMR 41/070/2012 Mexico Date: 25 October 2012

URGENT ACTION

activist leader and wife killed in mexico

An environmental activist leader and his wife have been killed in Chihuahua state, northern Mexico. This event follows a pattern of death threats and there are fears for the security of other members of the family and other leaders of the activists’ organization.

On 22 October, the dead body of activist Ismael Solorio Urrutia was found with a shot to the head, and his wife Manuela Solís Contreras with a shot the chest. They had been on their way to a medical appointment in Chihuahua City. Both were members of El Barzón, a smallholder farmers’ movement in Chihuahua. Chihuahua State suffers from a shortage of water; Ismael Solorio Urrutia had been campaigning to improve access to water.

�Amnesty International has been informed that there had been a repeated pattern of threats. In September, Ismael Solorio Urrutia and other members of the organization received death threats from an unknown man. Formal complaints about these threats were filed with the Chihuahua Estate Interior Minister (Secretario de Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua). The threats continued, and on 13 October Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his son were attacked and beaten by someone who allegedly worked for a mining company indirectly involved in the dispute over water access. On 15 October, members of El Barzón asked to meet with the Secretary of Government of Chihuahua State, to request his intervention to prevent further attacks and hold to account those responsible for the death threats. The authorities denied the request and measures were not implemented.

El Barzón has been campaigning against the establishment of a mining company in the communal farm (Ejido) Benito Juárez, municipality of Buenaventura, Chihuahua state. Currently, the El Barzón activists are participating in protests (plantón) in front of the offices of the state authorities in Chihuahua City, demanding the Governor takes action to ensure justice.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

Calling on the federal and state authorities to guarantee the safety of Ismael Solorio Urrutia’s family and leader members of the movement El Barzón, Chihuahua;

Demanding the authorities carry out a swift, full and impartial investigation into the killing of Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his wife Manuela Solís Contreras, and bring those responsible to justice;

Urging the authorities to investigate the pattern of threats received by Ismael Solorio Urrutia and members of the movement El Barzón, Chihuahua.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 6 DECEMBER 2012 TO:

Chihuahua State Interior Minister

Lic. Raymundo Romero Maldonado

Palacio de Gobierno 1er Piso

Calle Aldama No. 901

Colonia Centro C.P. 31000

Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico

Fax: +52 614 4299 341

Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Interior

Dr. Alejandro Poiré Romero

Secretaría de Gobernación

Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez

Delegación Cuauhtémoc

México D.F., C.P.06600, México

Fax: +52 55 5093 3414

Email: secretario@segob.gob.mx

Salutation: Dear Minister

And copies to:

Local Organization

Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, CEDEHM

Email: comunicacion.cedehm@gmail.com

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

URGENT ACTION

activist leader and wife killed in mexico

ADditional Information

Name: Ismael Solorio Urrutia (m), Manuela Solís Contreras (f), members of El Barzón

Gender m/f: both

UA: 320/12 Index: AMR 41/070/2012 Issue Date: 25 October 2012

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