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Mexico: Fear for safety: Maria Eugenia Cazares (f)

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 41/080/1997

Maria Eugenia Cazares and her family are reported to have been subjected to a series of threats and other acts of intimidation by members of the judicial police in Durango, as a result of a complaint filed by Maria Eugenia Cazares concerning the rape of her 16-year-old daughter Yessica Yadira Diaz Cazares on 16 March 1997 by three men, whom she later identified to the police. As a result of her appalling treatment, Yessica Yadira Diaz Cazares committed suicide on 16 June 1997. Fears for their safety have been heightened by an apparent attempt on the life of Maria Eugenia in recent days.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/80/97
UA 283/97 Fear for safety 22 August 1997
MEXICOMaría Eugenia Cazares (f) and her family
María Eugenia Cazares and her family are reported to have been subjected to
a series of threats and other acts of intimidation by members of the judicial
police in Durango, Durango State. Fears for their safety have been heightened
by an apparent attempt on the life of María Eugenia Cazares in recent days.
The threats have come as a result of a complaint filed by María Eugenia Cazares
concerning the rape of her 16-year-old daughter on 16 March 1997. Yéssica
Yadira Diáz Cazares was raped by three men, whom she later identified to the
police. Upon informing the police, she was held incommunicado for a few hours
along with her mother and two-year-old niece. While they were detained they
were threatened and insulted both by members of the police and the alleged
perpetrators. A representative of the Public Ministry threatened María Eugenia
Cazares, warning that she had more children and that her demands would do her
no good.
Yéssica Yadira Diáz Cazares later returned to make her statement and was again
insulted and threatened. She was accused of being either mad or on drugs and
was forced to take a blood test. As a result of her appalling treatment, Yéssica
Yadira Diáz Cazares committed suicide on 16 June.
Since her suicide, her mother and family have suffered verbal intimidation
and physical harassment. María Eugenia Cazares herself has recently received
anonymous death threats by phone. The deputy Attorney General is reported to
have told her “a usted no le conviene seguir con esto. Más vale que ya se deje
de cosas” (“it’s not in your interest to go on with this. Better that you
give up now”). On 14 August a truck twice tried to knock María Eugenia Cazares
down. She recognised one of those travelling inside as a member of the police
force.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
- calling for effective measures to guarantee the physical safety of María
Eugenia Cazares and her family;
- calling for the perpetrators of the rape of Yéssica Yadira Diáz Cazares to
be brought to justice immediately;
- expressing deep alarm at the manner in which María Eugenia Cazares has been
treated by members of the judicial police force in Durango and the lack of
efforts to convict those responsible for the rape of her daughter, Yéssica
Yadira Diáz Cazares.
APPEALS TO:
Attorney General of the State of Durango
Lic. Juan Francisco Arroyo Herrera
Procurador General del Estado de Durango
Reforma y 5 de febrero
Zona Centro
34000 Durango
Durango, Mexico
Faxes: + 52 18 17 52 56
Telegrams: Procurador General del Estado, Durango, Mexico
Salutation: Sr Procurador General / Dear Attorney General
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Attorney General of the Republic
Lic. Jorge Madrazo Ccuéllar
Procurador General de la República
Procuraduría General de la República
Paseo de la Reforma y Violeta
Col. Guerrero, 06300 México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador Madrazo, México D.F., MEXICO
Faxes: + 52 5 626 4419
Salutation: Sr. Procurador/ Dear Attorney
Govenor of the State of Durango
Lic. Maximiliano Silverio Esparza
Palacio de Gobierno
Durango
Durango, MEXICO
Faxes: + 52 18 17 52 56
Telegrams: Gobernador Esparza, Durango, Mexico
Salutation: Sr Gobernador / Dear Governor
COPIES TO:
Centro de Derechos Humanos “Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez A.C.”
Puebla No 153
Col Roma, 06700
México D.F. MEXICO
Faxes: +525 208 7547
Sr. Editor
La Jornada
Balderas 68
06050 México D.F. MEXICO
Faxes: +525 521 2763 / 510 1901
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 2 October 1997.

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