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Mexico: Fear for safety / torture

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 41/032/1999

Gloria Arenas Ajis, Felicitas Padilla Nava, Fernando Gatica Chino and Jacobo Silva Nogales were arrested on 22 October 1999, accused of membership of an armed opposition group. Their relatives have not been allowed to see them, which Amnesty International fears may be an attempt to conceal the fact that they may have been tortured.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/32/99
UA 299/99 Fear for Safety / Torture 15 November 1999
MEXICOGloria Arenas Ajis
Felicitas Padilla Nava
Fernando Gatica Chino
Jacobo Silva Nogales
The four people named above were arrested on 22 October 1999, accused of
membership of the armed opposition group Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo
Insurgente (ERPI), Revolutionary Army of the Insurgent People. Their relatives
have not been allowed to see them, which Amnesty International fears may be
an attempt to conceal the fact that they may have been tortured.
The First District Court of the city of Toluca, Mexico state, reportedly
certified on 25 October that Jacobo Silva Nogales had injuries on various parts
of his body and that all four detainees claimed to have been tortured physically
and psychologically. Amnesty International has received reports that Felicitas
Padilla Nava’s interrogators threatened to kill her children unless she gave
them information.
All four are held at the Cefereso de Almoloya, Almoloya high security prison,
Mexico state.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Over the past years Amnesty International has documented an increasing number
of serious human rights violations by Mexico’s security forces, including
allegations of arbitrary detention, torture, “disappearances” and summary
executions. The government claims that it is engaged in operations to control
organized crime, drug-trafficking, and the emergence of armed opposition
groups, including the ERPI and the Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (ERP),
Revolutionary Army of the People.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
- urging the authorities to guarantee the safety of Gloria Arenas Ajis, Felicitas
Padilla Nava, Fernando Gatica Chino and Jacobo Silva Nogales, detainees in
the Almoloya high security prison in Mexico state;
- calling on the authorities to promptly charge them with a recognisable criminal
offence and bring them before a judge or release them;
- urging that their relatives and lawyers be allowed prompt access to them;
- calling for a prompt investigation into the allegations of torture, that
the findings be made public, and that those responsible be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO:
Lic. Arturo Montiel
Gobernador del Estado de México
Palacio de Gobierno Lerdo Pte.300,
1er Piso Puerta 216, Col. Centro
Toluca 50000, Estado de México
MEXICO
Telegrams: Gobernador, Estado de México, México
Fax:+ 52 72 14 41 72
Salutation: Sr. Gobernador / Dear Governor
2
Jorge Reyes Santana
Procurador del Estado de México
Morelos 1300, Piso 6
Col. San Sebastián
Toluca 50090, Estado de México
MEXICO
Telegrams:Procurador, Estado de México, México
Fax:+ 52 72 14 9371
Salutation:Sr. Procurador / Dear Attorney
Lic. Abimael Durán Segundo
Director Penal, Cefereso de Almoloya,
Carretera Almoloya de Juárez, km 4.5,
Almoloya de Juárez, Estado de México,
MEXICO
Telegrams:Director, Cefereso Almoloya, Estado de México, México
Fax:+ 52 7 136 00 68
Salutation:Sr. Director / Dear Director
COPIES TO:
Comisión de los Derechos
Humanos del Estado de México
Instituto Literario No. 510 Esq. Vicente Villada
Col. Centro, 50000, Toluca,
Estado de México
MEXICO
Fax: + 52 72 14 0880
Centro de Derechos Humanos "Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez" A.C.,
Serapio Rendon 57-B, Col. San Rafael, 06470
México D.F. MEXICO
Fax:+ 52 5 535 6892
e mail:prodh@laneta.apc.org
and to diplomatic representatives of Mexico accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 December 1999.

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