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Mexico: Threats against activists in Mexico

, Index number: AMR 41/010/2010

Members of Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario (Community Development Worskhop, TADECO) a community development and human rights organization in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero state, southern Mexico, have received death threats and have been followed. The Mexican authorities have offered no protection to the activists.

UA: 19/10 Index: AMR 41/010/2010 Mexico Date: 21 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
THREATS AGAINST ACTIVISTS IN MEXICO
Members of Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario (Community Development Worskhop, TADECO) a
community development and human rights organization in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero
state, southern Mexico, have received death threats and have been followed. The Mexican
authorities have offered no protection to the activists.
On 19 December 2009, a mobile phone was stolen from one of the TADECO workers. On 25 December, one of the
female workers, Isabel Rosales, received a text message on her mobile phone, saying, “Take care, we are watching
you” (Cuidense, las tenemos bien vigiladas). On 27 December she received another message which said: “Listen
bitch, I know your movements, one of these days you’ll be part of the mural of the disappeared. Yours, the family”
(Olles hija de puta lla se tus pasos, un dia de estos bas a formar parte del mural de desaparecidos ok. Att. la familia
ok [sic]).
On 27 December, Miriam Altamirano, another female TADECO worker, received a text message while she was in the
office “It would be so easy to take the one with the black trousers and brown jumper. Would you mind?”(Q facil seria
yevarnos a la de pantalón negro y sueter café. Te importaria? [sic]). The message referred to the outfit worn by Isabel
Rosales, who was walking a few blocks away. On the same day another male worker with TADECO, Javier Monroy
received this text message We will get the one that will hurt you most” (Te vamos a dar en la persona que mas te
podria doler […]). The messages came from the stolen mobile. Since the beginning of January 2010, workers with
TADECO have been noticing men watching their office or following them in cars. TADECO have reported the threats
to the authorities, but so far no protection measures have been put in place.
TADECO offers community social and economic development training for rural communities in central Guerrero. In
the last few years it has also been working on cases of abductions and killings in the state, whether those suspected
of involvement are common criminals or authorities. TADECO also helped set up the Committee of Relatives and
Friends of Kidnapped, Disappeared or Murdered people (Comité de Familiares y Amigos de Secuestrados
Desaparecidos y Asesinados).
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language, calling on the authorities to:
provide immediate and effective protection measures for all members of TADECO, in accordance with their
wishes, so they can carry out their work without fear;
conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats and surveillance against members of
TADECO, with the results made public and those found responsible brought to justice.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 4 MARCH 2010 TO:
Minister of the Interior
Lic. Fernando Francisco Gómez-Mont
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso,
Col. Juárez, Del. Cuauhtémoc,
México D.F., C.P.06600, MEXICO
Fax: +52 55 5093 3414
E-mail: secretario@segob.gob.mx
Salutation: Señor Secretario/Dear Minister
Governor of Guerrero
Lic. Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo
Gobernador del Estado de Guerrero
Palacio de Gobierno,
Blvd.René Juárez Cisneros No. 62,
Ciudad de los Servicios, Chilpancingo,
C.P. 39075, Guerrero, MEXICO
Fax: +52 747 471 9956
Email: gobernador@guerrero.gob.mx
Salutation: Señor Gobernador/Dear Governor
Guerrero State Human Rights
Commission
Lic. Juan Alarcón Hernández
Presidente de la CODDEHUM
Avda. Juárez, Esq. Galo Soberón y Parra
Col. Centro, Chilpancingo, Guerrero
C.P. 39000, MEXICO
Fax: +52 747 47 74 71 03-78
Email: presidencia@coddehumgro.org.mx
Salutation: Señor Procurador/Dear Attorney
COPIES TO: Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario, Email: tadecoac@hotmail.com.
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives of Mexico accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if
sending appeals after the above date
Date: 21 January 2010
URGENT ACTION
THREATS AGAINST ACTIVISTS IN MEXICO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Human rights defenders in Mexico face threats, attacks, politically motivated criminal charges and imprisonment for leading
protests, promoting respect for human rights or speaking out against abuses committed by criminal gangs.
The government has agreed to provide protection measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to
several human rights defenders, but some have reported that no effective protection has been provided. Substantial efforts have
not been made to investigate cases of abuses against human rights defenders; impunity is the general rule in these cases, leaving
open the possibility of further attacks.
UA: 19/10 Index: AMR 41/010/2010 Issue Date: 21 January 2010

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