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
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
- 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.
1) Minister of Interior
Lic. Emilio Chuayffet Chemor
Secretario de Gobernación
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucarelli 99, 1er piso,
06699 México D.F., MÉXICO