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Mexico: Fear for safety / Intimidation: Leonel Guadalupe Rivero Rodríguez, lawyer

, Index number: AMR 41/017/2000

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Leonel Guadalupe Rivero Rodríguez, a lawyer who has reportedly been intimidated in the context of his defence of some twenty students in a high profile case in Mexico City, the capital.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/17/00
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UA 78/00 Fear for safety / Intimidation 5 April 2000
MEXICOLeonel Guadalupe Rivero Rodríguez, lawyer
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Leonel Guadalupe Rivero
Rodríguez, a lawyer who has reportedly been intimidated in the context of his
defence of some twenty students in a high profile case in Mexico City, the
capital.
On the evening of 29 March 2000 his home was broken into and there was an attempt
to steal his computer, containing files on the case.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
On 1 and 7 February authorities attempted to bring to an end a strike by students
at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), National Autonomous
University of Mexico, with the arrest and detention of nearly 1000 students
(see UA 27/00, AMR 41/03/00, 3 February 2000 and follow ups), most of whom
have since been released.
UNAM students had gone on strike in April 1999 in protest at proposed reforms
to the University system, most notably a planned increase in tuition fees.
During the strike Amnesty International documented several attacks on students
involved by unknown individuals. These included abductions, torture and
beatings, with some even being subjected to simulated executions (see News
Service 109/99, AMR 41/09/99, 4 June 1999 and UA 278/99, AMR 41/28/99, 22 October
1999 and follow up).
On 2 January 2000 Juan de Dios Hernández Monje and Pilar Noriega García, defence
lawyers acting on behalf of some of the students, received verbal death threats
and Juan de Dios Hernández Monje was hit in the face (see UA 03/00, AMR 41/01/00,
6 January 2000).
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern that the home of Leonel Guadalupe Rivero Rodríguez, a
defence lawyer representing detained UNAM students, has reportedly been broken
into, apparently for the sole purpose of stealing his computer containing
information about the cases;
- calling on the authorities to guarantee his safety and his right to freely
carry out his legal responsibilities;
- calling for a prompt and independent investigation into the attempted robbery
at his home, asking that the findings be made public and that those responsible
be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO:
Minister of the Interior
Lic. Diódoro Carrasco Altamirano
Secretario de Gobernación
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso
Col. Juárez, C.P.06699
2
México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams:Secretario de Gobernación, México D.F., Mexico
Faxes:+ 52 5 546 5350
Salutation: Señor Secretario / Dear Minister
Attorney General of the Republic
Lic. Jorge Madrazo
Procurador General de la República
Av Reforma, esq. Violeta
Col Guerrero
México D.F., CP 06300
MEXICO
Telegrams:Procurador General República, México D.F., Mexico
Faxes:+ 52 5 346 0906
Salutation: Señor Procurador General / Dear Attorney General
National Commission for Human Rights
Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH)
Av. Chapultepec N 49, 1er Piso, Centro, Cuauhtémoc,
06040 México, DF, Mexico
Faxes:+ 52 5 681 8490
Salutation:Estimado Dr. Soberanes / Dear Dr. Soberanes
COPIES TO:
Human Rights organization (non-governmental organization)
Centro de Derechos Humanos
"Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez" A.C.
Serapio Rendon 57-B
Col. San Rafael
06470 México D.F. Mexico
Faxes:+ 52 5 535 6892
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 15 May 2000.

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