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Mexico: Further information on fear for safety: Ruth Yudit Ortega Orozco (f)

, Index number: AMR 41/005/1997

Ruth Yudit Ortega Orozco, a 21-year-old student activist, continues to be harassed by anonymous telephone threats, and fears for her safety have increased. The authorities have yet to offer her any protection.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/05/97
31 January 1997
Further information (2) on UA 265/96 (AMR 41/76/96, 18 November 1996) and
follow-ups AMR 41/81/96, 10 December, and AMR 41/82/96, 13 December - Fear
for safety
MEXICORuth Yudit Ortega Orozco (f), aged 21, student activist
Ruth Yudit Ortega Orozco continues to be harassed by anonymous telephone
threats. At a quarter past midnight on 1 January 1997, an anonymous caller
said to her, "New Year, new tactics".
Ruth Yudit Ortega had been involved in peaceful demonstrations in support of
the street-cleaners from Tabasco state who were on hunger-strike in Mexico
City regarding their appalling working conditions. According to reports, on
Sunday 19 January, three of them, who were critically ill, were forcibly removed
by police officers from their place of protest and taken to hospital. At the
same time, a woman telephoned Ruth Ortega's house claiming to be a friend.
Afterwards she found out that her friend had never called her. On Saturday
25 January, Ruth Ortega received a new threat: "The Tabasco street-sweepers
didn't die, but you will."
Ruth Yudit Ortega reports that she is now receiving telephone threats almost
daily, always around 9 am and 9 pm. When the phone is picked up, the caller
remains silent, but doesn't hang up.
On 28 March a man followed Ruth Yudit Ortega for almost an hour from her college
to the teacher's association [sindicato de maestros] in Mexico City.
Fears for her safety have increased. To Amnesty International's knowledge Ruth
Yudit Ortega Orozco has not been offered any protection by the authorities.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- calling on the Mexican authorities to guarantee the physical safety of
Ruth Yudit Ortega;
- expressing dismay at the failure of the Mexican authorities so far to provide
Ruth Yudit Ortega with effective protection requested by her;
- reiterating fears for the safety of Ruth Yudit Ortega who has been abducted,
tortured and repeatedly threatened, apparently in connection with her student
activism;
- calling for an impartial and independent investigation to be carried out
into the abductions, torture and threats, for the findings to be made public
and for anyone responsible to be brought to justice;
- asking to be kept informed of any developments, in particular any measure
taken to protect her life.
APPEALS TO
1) Minister of Interior
Lic. Emilio Chuayffet Chemor
Secretario de Gobernación
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucarelli 99, 1er piso,
Col Juarez
06699 México D.F., MÉXICO
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Telegrams: Secretario de Gobernación, México DF, México
Faxes: + 52 5 546 5350
Salutation: Sr. Secretario/ Dear Minister
2) Attorney General of the Republic
Lic. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar
Procuraduría General de la República
Paseo de la Reforma y Violeta
Col. Guerrero
06300 México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams: Sr. Procurador de la República, México D.F.
Fax: +52 5 626 4419
Salutation: Sr. Procurador de la República/Dear Attorney
3) Attorney General of the Federal District
Lic. José Antonio González Fernández
Procurador del Distrito Federal
Paseo de la Reforma 75
México 06200 D.F.
MEXICO
Telegrams: Sr. Procurador General del Distrito Federal, México D.F.
Faxes: + 52 5 625 7081
Salutation: Sr. Procurador/ Dear Attorney
When dialing fax numbers, if voice, ask "me puede dar tono de fax, por favor"
COPIES TO:
1) Daily newspaper
Sr. Editor
La Jornada
Balderas 68
06050 México D.F., MÉXICO
2) University
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
Ciudad Universitaria
Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades
Plantel Azcapotzalco
Torre de la Rectoria
04510 México D.F.,MEXICO
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 14 March 1997.

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