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Mexico: Fear for safety: Ricardo Martínez Martínez

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 41/028/1999

Ricardo Martínez Martínez, one of the students involved in organising a strike at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was apparently abducted on 20 October 1999. His whereabouts are now unknown, and Amnesty International fears for his safety.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/28/99
UA 278/99 Fear for Safety 22 October 1999
MEXICORicardo Martínez Martínez (24)
One of the students involved in organising a strike at the Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de México (UNAM), National Autonomous University of Mexico, was
apparently abducted on 20 October 1999. His whereabouts are now unknown, and
Amnesty International fears for his safety.
UNAM student Ricardo Martínez Martínez, a member of the Consejo General de
Huelga (CGH), General Strike Council, was reportedly abducted by three
unidentified men as he alighted from a bus on the corner of Avenida Vallejo
and Avenida Montevideo, in the Azcapotzalco district of Mexico City. According
to an eye-witness, the three men violently forced him into a car and drove
off.
His abduction is believed to have been formally reported to the Public Ministry.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
UNAM students have been on strike since 22 April 1999 in protest at proposed
reforms to the University system, most notably a planned increase in tuition
fees. Amnesty International has documented several attacks on students involved
in the strike.
According to information received by Amnesty International, during the UNAM
strike - now in its sixth month - students have been abducted, tortured, beaten
and in some cases even subjected to simulated executions. (See News Service
109/99, AMR 41/09/99, 4 June 1999). The identities of those responsible are
unknown.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
- calling on the authorities to take all necessary measures to discover the
whereabouts of Ricardo Martínez Martínez, a student at the Universidad Nacional
Autónoma de México (UNAM), who was allegedly abducted in Mexico City on 20
October 1999;
- urging that a prompt an independent investigation be opened into the abduction,
that the findings be made public and that those responsible be brought to
justice.
APPEALS TO:
Mayor of Mexico City
Licda. Rosario Robles
Jefatura de Gobierno del Distrito Federal
Plaza de la Constitución esq.
Piso 1, 06068(5) México D.F. MEXICO
Faxes:+52 5 542 1429
Salutation: Sr. Ing / Dear Mayor
Attorney General of Mexico City
Lic. Samuel del Villar Krechmar
Procurador General de Justicia del Distrito Federal
Carmona y Valle 54, Col. Doctores
06820 México D.F. MEXICO
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Faxes: +52 5 625 9000
Salutation: Sr. Procurador / Dear Attorney General
COPIES TO:
Mexico City Commission for Human Rights
Dr. Luis de la Barreda Solórzano,
Av. Chapultepec N 49, 1er Piso,
Centro,
Cuauhtémoc,
06040 México, DF
MEXICO
Fax: + 52 5 578 2578
Human Rights non-governmental organization
Centro de Derechos Humanos
"Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez" A.C.
Serapio Rendon 57-B
Col. San Rafael
06470 México D.F. MEXICO
Newspaper
La Jornada
Balderas 68, 06050 México D.F., MEXICO
Faxes: + 52 5 5212763/5101901
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 December 1999.

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