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, Index number: AMR 41/018/1999

Amnesty International is concerned for the health and safety of environmental activists Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera Garcia, who were detained by soldiers on 2 May 1999. Both have reportedly been beaten and Rodolfo Montiel Fliores is apparently in poor health after being severely tortured in detention.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/18/99
28 July 1999
Further information on UA 144/99 (AMR 41/12/99, 25 June 1999) - Fear for safety
/ Ill-treatment / Torture and new concern: health concern
MEXICORodolfo Montiel Flores - tortured
Teodoro Cabrera García - tortured
Amnesty International is very concerned for the health and safety of
environmental activists Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera García,
who were detained by soldiers on 2 May 1999, in Pizotla, Guerrero State. Both
have reportedly been beaten by soldiers and Rodolfo Montiel Flores is apparently
in poor health after reportedly being severely tortured in detention.
Rodolfo Montiel was apparently tortured with electric shocks to his genitals
and is now suffering from inflamed testicles. He needs urgent medical treatment
for this, which Amnesty International believes the prison medical facilities
cannot provide.
Rodolfo Montiel told a representative of the official Comision Nacional de
Derechos Humanos (CNDH), National Commission for Human Rights, who visited
him in detention on 4 June, that soldiers had beaten him and Teodoro García
to force them to confess to being members of an armed opposition group and
to possession of drugs. He also said he was made to pose for photographs holding
a rifle and dressed in military clothes. The CNDH have opened an investigation
into these allegations.
Both men are presently detained in prison in Iguala, Guerrero State.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The arrest and torture of Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera García
comes at a time of increased military activity in the state of Guerrero. Amnesty
International has recently documented various allegations of human rights
violations, including extrajudicial executions, torture, rape and arbitrary
arrests, by the military against members of the indigenous community in the
region as part of counter-insurgency operations (see UA 111/99, AMR 41/08/99,
17 May 1999).
In a 1998 report on the human rights situation in Mexico, the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights concluded that “the emergence of new dissident armed
groups of various types has led not only to a resumption of measures of control
by the security forces but also to the indiscriminate repression of social
organizations and leaders”.
In addition, Amnesty International has long documented the use of torture to
extract confessions, especially as part of counter-insurgency operations.
Torture extracted confessions, while illegal under the terms of the Federal
Law to Prevent and Punish Torture, continue to be accepted by trial judges
as admissible evidence.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- expressing concern for Rodolfo Montiel Flores who is apparently in poor health
after being severely tortured in detention;
- expressing concern at reports that Rodolfo Montiel Flores and Teodoro Cabrera
García have been beaten up by soldiers to extract confessions from them;
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- asking for a thorough and impartial investigation into their reported torture,
with the findings made public and those found responsible brought to justice;
- asking for them to be given access to a doctor;
- urging that no statements made by them under torture are used as evidence
against them, and ensuring they have access to a lawyer;
- informing the authorities that you are aware that the CNDH has initiated
an investigation into the incident and quoting the number of this investigation:
Nº 99/1900.
APPEALS TO:
Governor of Guerrero State
Lic. René Juárez Cisneros
Gobernador del Estado de Guerrero
Palacio de Gobierno, Plaza Central, Primer Congreso de Anahuac
Chilpancingo 39000, Estado de Guerrero, MEXICO
Telegrams: Gobernador Estado, Guerrero, México
Faxes:+ 52 747 10304 (if voice, ask "me puede dar tono de fax, por favor")
Salutation: Sr. Gobernador / Dear Governor
Attorney General of Guerrero State
Lic. Fransico Diaz Garcia
Procurador del Estado de Guerrero
Carretera México-Acapulco Km. 6300
Chilpancingo 39000
Estado de Guerrero, MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador Estado, Guerrero, México
Faxes: + 52 747 22328
Salutation: Sr. Procurador / Dear State Attorney
COPIES TO:
National Commission of Human Rights
Licda. Mireille Roccatti Velazquez
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH)
Periférico Sur 3469
Col. San Jerónimo Lídice,10200 México D.F. MEXICO
Faxes: + 52 5 681 7199
e-mails: cndh@laneta.apc.org
La Voz de los Sin Voz
Hilda Navarrete Gorjon
Calle Venustiano Carranza numero 26,
Codigo Postal 40980,
Coyuca de Benitez,
Guerrero, MÉXICO
Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos
Serapio Rendón No. 57-B, planta baja
Col. San Rafael,
06470, México D.F., 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 8 September 1999.

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