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Mexico: Further information on possible prisoners of conscience/fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 41/022/1998

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of 190 indigenous women from the community of Talerpa, Ocosingo municipality, Chiapas State, who have reportedly been threatened with rape by members of Movimiento Indígena Revolucionario Antizapatista (MIRA), Antizapatist Revolutionary Indigenous Movement, a paramilitary group alleged to have strong links with the authorities in the region. The men of the village went into hiding after the security forces detained 13 people and it is reported that the threats are an attempt to force then down from the mountains.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/22/98
21 April 1998
Further information on UA 115/98 (AMR 41/21/98, 15 April 1998) - Possible
Prisoners of Conscience/Fear for safety
MEXICO190 Indigenous women from the community of Tanilerpa
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of 190 indigenous women from
the community of Talerpa, Ocosingo municipality, Chiapas State, who have
reportedly been threatened with rape by members of Movimiento Indígena
Revolucionario Antizapatista (MIRA), Antizapatist Revolutionary Indigenous
Movement, a paramilitary group alleged to have strong links with the authorities
in the region.
The threats have been occurring since 13 people from Talerpa community were
detained by the Mexican security forces on 11 and 13 April 1998 (see UA 115/98,
AMR 41/21/98, 15 April 1998). Following the detentions, the majority of the
male population of Talerpa fled to the surrounding mountains to avoid any
possible confrontation with either the MIRA or the security forces. It has
been reported that the rape threats have taken place in an attempt to force
the men in hiding to come down from the mountains.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Spanish or your own language:
- seeking assurances from the authorities that the physical safety of the 190
Tzeltal women will be guaranteed;
- calling for an investigation to be opened into the rape threats reportedly
made by the Movimiento Indígena Revolucionario Antizapatista (MIRA),
Antizapatist Revolutionary Indigenous Movement, an alleged paramilitary group
operating in the region, and for those responsible to be brought to justice;
- continuing to urge that charges be made against the 13 people detained between
11 and 13 April 1998 in Taniperla, Ocosingo municipality, Chiapas State, or
that they be immediately and unconditionally released;
- expressing concern at the continuing activities of alleged paramilitary
activity in Chiapas State.
APPEALS TO:
Governor of the State of Chiapas
Lic. Roberto Albores Guillén
Gobernador del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno, Piso 1, Col. Centro, 29000
Tuxla Gutiérrez,Estado de Chiapas, MEXICO
Telegrams: Gobernador del Estado, Chiapas, México
Faxes: + 52 961 20918
Salutations: Sr. Procurador / Dear Governor
Attorney General of Chiapas
Lic. Jorge Hernández Aguilar
Procurador General de Chiapas
Procuraduría General de Chiapas
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Estado de Chiapas, MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador del Estado, Chiapas, México
Faxes: + 52 961 65376 (if voice, ask "me puede dar tono de fax, por favor")
Salutation: Sr. Procurador / Dear State Attorney General
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COPIES TO:
Comite de Derechos Humanos "Fray Lorenzo de la Nada"
Parroquia San Jacinto
Ocosingo
Chiapas, 29950, Mexico
"Fray Bartolomé de las Casas” Human Rights Organization
Francisco León 5
Barrio de Santa Lucía
San Cristóbal de las Casas
Chiapas 29250, México
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 2 June 1998.

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