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UA 325/94 - Mexico: torture / fear for safety: David Lozano Tovar, and other human rights and student activists

, Index number: AMR 41/016/1994

David Angel Lozano Tovar, a student leader from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), was abducted by four unidentified armed men on 2 September. He was released on 3 September and stated that he had been tortured in detention. Other student and human rights activists have also reportedly been harassed and beaten by unidentified men since the general elections of 21 August 1994. They include Rosario Ibarra, president of the Committee of the Relatives of the "Disappeared", Comite Eureka, and members of the Fray Francisco Vitoria Human Rights Centre in Mexico City.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 41/16/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 325/94 Torture/Fear for Safety 7 September 1994
MEXICODavid LOZANO TOVAR, student activist
and other human rights and student activists
Amnesty International is calling for immediate measures to be taken to ensure
the physical integrity of David Lozana, a student activist, as well as other
human rights and student activists, following Lozana's abduction and torture
on 2 September 1994 in Mexico City.
David Ángel Lozano Tovar, a student leader from the National Autonomous
University of Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), was
abducted by four unidentified armed men, believed to be members of the security
forces. He was released on 3 September and states that he was tortured in
detention.
David Lozano was reportedly taken to a house and interrogated about his
activities during the National Democratic Convention held in Chiapas at the
beginning of August 1994. He was beaten and given electric shocks to the back.
When he was released, he was told, "you know what could happen to you if you
continue doing the same things". It is believed that this incident is related
to a letter published in a national newspaper in Mexico City by a group of
students including David Lozano, calling for a national students' meeting to
discuss the political situation following the general elections of 21 August
1994.
Reports indicate that other student and human rights activists have also been
harassed and beaten by unidentified men since the elections. Rosario Ibarra,
president of the Committee of the Relatives of the "Disappeared", Comité Eureka,
who also attended the National Democratic Convention, has alleged that she
has been followed by two cars and one motorcycle without number plates since
the elections. Members of the Fray Francisco Vitoria Human Rights Centre,
Centro de Derechos Humanos "Fray Francisco Vitoria", in Mexico City, have also
reported that their centre has been under observation by unidentified persons
after they denounced the illegal detention of David Lozano to the authorities.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The National Democratic Convention was organized by grassroots and human rights
groups in the state of Chiapas during the first week of August 1994, as an
alternative forum to discuss political reform and the general elections. Members
of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, Ejército Zapatista de Liberación
Nacional (EZLN), who staged an armed uprising in Chiapas in January 1994, were
present at the convention.
Church and human rights activists monitoring the human rights situation in
Chiapas have been the targets of harassment and intimidation at the hands of
members of the security forces in the recent past.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail letters
in Spanish, English or your own language:
- expressing concern at the abduction and torture of David Lozano at the hands
of four armed men believed to be members of the security forces;
- requesting a prompt and impartial investigation into these allegations and
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calling for those responsible to be brought to justice;
- urging immediate measures to ensure the physical integrity of David Lozano
and student and human rights activists, particularly those who have been
harassed since the election; and to guarantee their right to continue carrying
out their activities without fear of persecution.
APPEALS TO
President of the Republic
Lic. Carlos Salinas de Gortari
Presidente de la República
Palacio Nacional
06067 México D.F., Mexico
Telegrams: Presidente Salinas, México D.F., Mexico
Telexes: 170937 sppnme; 1774468 sppnme
Faxes: +52 5 271 1764
Salutation: Sr. Presidente/Dear President
Interior Minister
Dr Jorge Carpizo McGregor
Secretario de Gobernación
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucarelli 99, 1er piso
Colonia Juárez
06669 México DF, MEXICO
Telegrams: Secretario Gobernación, México D.F., Mexico
Telexes: 1774376, 1774375
Faxes: +52 5 703 2171
Salutation: Sr. Secretario de Gobernación/Dear Minister
Attorney General's Office
Lic Humberto Benítez Treviño
Procurador General de la República
Procuraduría General de la República
Paseo de la Reforma y Violeta
Colonia Guerrero
06300 Mexico DF, MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador General, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Telexes: 1777572
Faxes: +52 5 626 4430
Salutation: Sr Procurador General/Dear Attorney General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
National Human Rights Commission
Sres.
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos
Periférico Sur 3469
Col San Jerónimo Lídice
10200 México DF, Mexico
Human rights organization
Sres.
Centro de Derechos Humanos
"Fray Francisco de Vitoria, OP"
Odontología 35,
3
Col Copilco Universidad
04360 México DF, Mexico
Daily newspaper
Sr. Editor
La Jornada
Balderas 68
06050 México DF, 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 19 October 1994.

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