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Mexico: members of the Mexican army rape three Tzeltal women

, Index number: AMR 41/012/1994

Maria Teresa Mendez Santiz, 20, Cristina Mendez Santiz, 18, and Maria Mendez Santiz, 16, members of the Tzeltal indigenous group, were reportedly raped by soldiers on 4 June 1994. They were returning with their mother from Altamirano to their own community. Soldiers reportedly detained them and accused them of participating in the attack on Altamirano during the uprising by the EZLN. The soldiers reportedly kicked and beat and then raped them. Members of human rights groups working on the case have reportedly been harassed by unidentified men. The army has denied these allegations. AI is calling for an urgent investigation into the case.

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