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Mexico: Further information: Risk increases for community activist's family

, Index number: AMR 41/015/2010

Margarita Martínez, the wife of community activist Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, was abducted, beaten and threatened on 25 February. She and Adolfo Guzmán had previously received death threats after filing a complaint against police.

Further Information on UA: 16/10 Index: AMR 41/015/2010 MEXICO Date: 3 March 2010
URGENT ACTION
RISK INCREASES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVIST'S FAMILY
Margarita Martínez, the wife of community activist Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, was abducted, beaten
and threatened on 25 February. She and Adolfo Guzmán had previously received death threats
after filing a complaint against police.
Margarita Martínez says she was on the way to collect her son from school in the Chiapas town of San Cristóbal de
las Casas when she was abducted by a group of at least two men. A plastic bag was put over her head and she was
forced into a car. She was hit in the face with a blunt instrument and was poked in the ribs with what may have
been a gun. Her abductors told her, "You won’t be able to work any more" (ya no vas a poder trabajar). They also
threatened her with death and told her to drop the complaint that she and her husband had filed in November after
state judicial police officers (Policía Ministerial) raided their home in Comitán without showing a warrant and
intimidated their family. The abductors released Margarita Martínez near her new home in San Cristobal. Before
letting her go they told her, "This is a little present from the Mayor of Comitán" (este es un regalito del presidente
municipal de Comitán). Margarita Martínez and her family had recently moved to San Cristóbal as she and her family
did not feel safe in Comitán.
In December and January, Adolfo Guzmán and his family received anonymous death threats on three occasions. The
family reported the threats to the authorities and as a result, the Chiapas State Prosecutor’s Office offered protection
in the form of patrols by state and municipal police. However, Adolfo Guzmán and his family refused this protection
as they feared that the officials assigned would not be independent and could be connected with the source of the
threats, placing them in greater danger.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language:
calling on the authorities to provide immediate and effective protection for Adolfo Guzmán, Margarita Martínez
and their children, in accordance with their wishes, so they can pursue their complaint against the police;
urging them to order a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the abduction, beating and threats
received by Margarita Martínez, publish the results and bring those responsible.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 14 APRIL 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 Chiapas
Lic. Juan José Sabines Guerrero
Gobernador del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno,
1º piso, Col. Centro, C.P. 29000, Tuxtla
Gutiérrez, Chiapas, MEXICO
Fax: +52 961 618 8050, ext.: 21122
Email: juansabines@chiapas.gob.mx
Salutation: Dear Governor/
Señor Gobernador
Chiapas Attorney General
Mtro. Raciel López Salazar
Procurador General de Justicia del
Estado de Chiapas
Libramiento no. 2010, Col. El Bosque,
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, MEXICO, CP 29049
Fax: +52 961 6165724
Email:raciel.lopez@mje.chiapas.gob.mx
Salutation: Dear Attorney General/
Señor Procurador
COPIES TO: Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, AC, Email: frayba@frayba.org.mx
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: 3 March 2010
URGENT ACTION
RISK INCREASES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVIST'S FAMILY
Adolfo Guzmán works for the community organization Enlace Comunicación y Capacitación (Communication and Training Link),
which provides human rights and sustainable economic development training for rural and Indigenous communities. Margarita
Martínez has been an activist with several local civil society organizations, and had recently volunteered in Enlace Comunicación
y Capacitación, delivering training.
Margarita Martínez and Adolfo Guzmán's home was raided by state police on 8 November. About 20 state judicial police officers
(Policía Ministerial) came in without showing a warrant, intimidated Adolfo Guzmán and pointed a gun at Margarita Martínez. The
police said they were looking for "someone," without saying who this was. The search had apparently been ordered by state
authorities, who were looking for the people who had organized recent protests outside public buildings, and blocked roads. The
protests were led by local farmers and sellers demanding a space to sell their produce.
Further Information on UA: 16/10 Index: AMR 41/015/2010 Issue Date: 3 March 2010

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