PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/067/2008
18 December 2008
Further Information on UA 336/08 (AMR 41/065/2008, 10 December 2008) Possible disappearance/Fear for
MEXICO Javier Torres Cruz (m), aged 28
Javier Torres Cruz was released on 13 December, after being abducted on 3 December. On his return, he had
a number of bruises, particularly on his hands, and complained of strong abdominal pains. His family stated
that he was blindfolded and did not know where he had been held, and they believed that those who detained
him were soldiers. Amnesty International believes that Javier Torres Cruz and his relatives are still in danger.
Javier Torres Cruz is from the tiny community of La Morena, Petatlán municipality, Guerrero state, and a
member of a grassroots organization, Organización Ecologista de la Sierra de Coyuca y Petatlán
(Environmental Organization of the Coyuca and Petatlan Mountains). At 5 am on 13 November, a group of
about 100 soldiers went to La Morena in order to find Javier Torres Cruz and two of his brothers. The three
brothers were not there at the time, but according to relatives, soldiers searched four houses. They also
threatened, slapped and pointed their guns at women and children. That same evening, a group of about 30
armed men in plain clothes also came to the community in order to find Javier Torres Cruz and his brothers.
They too, could not locate them.
In September 2007, Javier Torres Cruz and his uncle had testified against a local political boss (cacique)
following his alleged involvement in the death of human rights defender, Digna Ochoa y Plácido, in Mexico
City in 2001.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own
- calling on the authorities to provide Javier Torres Cruz and members of his family with adequate protection,
in accordance with their wishes;
- expressing concern at the abduction and torture of Javier Torres Cruz, who may have been detained by
soldiers on 3 December;
- calling on the authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the abduction and
torture of Javier Torres Cruz, and bring those responsible to justice.
Attorney General of the Republic
Lic. Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza
Procurador General de la República
Procuraduría General de la República, Av. Paseo de la Reforma nº 211-213, Piso 16
Col. Cuauhtémoc, Del. Cuauhtémoc, México D.F., C.P. 06500, MEXICO
Fax: +52 55 5346 0908
Salutation: Señor Procurador General/Dear Attorney General
Governor of Guerrero