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Mexico: Fear for safety, Francisco Castellanos Javier

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 41/055/2001

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of journalist Francisco Castellanos following reports of threats against him by the ministerial police in the state of Michoacán.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/055/2001
UA 316/01 Fear for safety 12 December 2001
MEXICOFrancisco Castellanos Javier (m), journalist
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of journalist Francisco
Castellanos following reports of threats against him by the ministerial police
in the state of Michoacán.
The threats followed publication of an article in El Mañana de Nuevo Laredo
newspaper on 30 October, in which Francisco Castellanos, correspondent for
Proceso magazine, made allegations of corruption against a former attorney
general of Michoacán and several members of the state ministerial police.
The article was widely circulated in a number of newspapers throughout the
country and the police have lodged a complaint for defamation against Francisco
Castellanos. He has also reportedly been told that the coordinator for the
Ministerial Police, has threatened to take revenge against him for writing
the article.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Mexican journalists often face attacks and death threats because of their work,
and many live in fear of reprisals from people or organizations they have written
about. The authorities rarely investigate these cases effectively, leaving
the perpetrators to repeat their crimes.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in
Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern about the threats to the physical safety of Francisco
Castellanos;
- calling on the authorities to take immediate steps to guarantee his safety;
-urging an immediate, full and impartial investigation into the threats against
him and for the results of the investigation to be made public;
- citing the recommendation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
of September 1988 that the Mexican authorities “adopt the necessary measures
to punish the perpetrators of crimes committed against persons exercising the
right to freedom of expression, including a speedy, effective and impartial
investigation into complaints of harassment involving journalists ...” (Report
on the situation of Human Rights in Mexico, OEA/Ser.L/V/II.100, paragraph 671).
APPEALS TO:
Attorney General of the State of Michoacán
Lic. Jorge Eduardo García Torres
Procurador del Estado de Michoacán
Perférico Independencia, No. 5000
Morelia 58110
Estado de Michoacán
México
Telegram: Procurador General, Michoacán, Mexico
Fax: (+52 443) 316 3808
Salutation:Señor Procurador General/ Dear Attorney General
Attorney General of the Republic
General Rafael Marcial Macedo de la Concha
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Procurador General de la República
Procuraduría General de la República
Reforma Norte esq. Violeta 75
Col. Guerrero, Delegación Cuauhtemoc
México
Telegrams: Procurador General, México D. F., México
Fax: (+52 55) 5346 2776
Salutation: Señor Procurador General/Dear Attorney General
President of the National Commission for Human Rights
Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández
Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH)
Periférico Sur 3469, 5o piso
Col. San Jerónimo Lídice
México DF., 10200
México
Telegrams:Presidente de la CNDH, México D.F., México
Fax: (+52 55) 5668 0767 (There may be a message in Spanish. Just send the fax
after the tone)
E-mail:correo@cndh.org.mx
Salutation: Señor Presidente / Dear President
COPIES TO:
Non governmental human rights organization
Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos
Filosofia y Letras No. 88,
Col. Copilco Universidad, CP 04360,
Mexico, D.F.
México
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 23 January 2002

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