Mexico: Magdalena García Durán - Prisoner of Conscience
Magdalena García Durán, a Mazahua indigenous activist, street vendor and mother of five children, has been in prison since 4 May 2006 when she was arbitrarily arrested in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico State. Amnesty International believes Magdalena García's prolonged detention is politically motivated and totally unjustified. According to information received, the authorities have failed to provide evidence of her involvement in the crimes of which she has been accused and there are indications that evidence available is probably fabricated. The organization therefore considers her to be a prisoner of conscience and is calling for her immediate and unconditional release.