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Mexico: Death Threats / Fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 41/064/2000

Prison officials have threatened to kill the wife of an inmate if she continues to file complaints on behalf of her husband. Other prisoners are in danger of reprisals for filing complaints against the prison authorities.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/64/00
UA 386/00 Death Threats / Fear for safety 20 December 2000
MEXICOThe wife of Adrián Martín Gómez Pérez (name not known)
Adrián Martín Gómez Pérez (Apodaca prison)
Sergio Bustamente Hernández (Apodaca prison)
Luciano Rodríguez Linares (Topo Chico prison)
and other inmates at Apodaca and Topo Chico prisons
Prison officals have threatened to kill the wife of an inmate if she continues
to file complaints on behalf of her husband. Other prisoners are in danger
of reprisals for filing complaints against the prison authorities.
Adrián Martín Gómez Pérez is serving a three and a half year sentence in Apodaca
prison, Nuevo León state, for possession of arms. On 13 December Adrián mez
was reportedly taken out of his cell and beaten around the back and head. One
guard put a cord around his neck, threatening to strangle him, and pulled the
cord until he passed out.
Prison officials told her not to visit her husband, and added that if she
continued to file complaints then they would see to it that she had an accident.
Adrián Gómez, Sergio Bustamente Hernández and other inmates have been victimised
by the prison authorities for filing complaints about illegal deprivation of
freedom, being denied access to telephones and visitors, ill-treatment and
threats. The Comandante de Vigilancia, prison Head of Security, has told them
that none of them will make it out alive.
Amnesty International also fears for the safety of Luciano Rodriguez Linares
in Topo Chico prison, also in Nuevo León state who claims he is at risk of
reprisals for previously filing a complaint. Luciano may also be being targetted
because he is gay. On 7 December he was taken out of his cell and beaten. A
prison officer reportedly inserted a finger in his anus, drawing blood. The
officer told him he would be killed if he filed a complaint.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
There have been frequent reports of torture and ill treatment in prisons in
Nuevo León. The state authorities have consistently denied such reports. For
example, in October, a prisoner was ill-treated as punishment after human rights
activists staged a peaceful protest outside the Topo Chico prison to launch
the Amnesty International campaign against torture (see AI Index: AMR 41/57/00,
November 2000)
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
-expressing concern at the reported death threat made to the wife of Adrián
Martín Gómez Pérez;
-expressing concern at the reported ill-treatment of, and death threats to,
Adrián Martín Gómez and Sergio Bustamente Hernández at Apodaca prison, and
Luciano Rodíguez Linares and other inmates at Topo Chico prison;
-urging the authorities to take all steps necessary to guarantee the safety
of Adrián Martín Gómez rez, his wife, Sergio Bustamente Hernández and other
inmates of Apodaca prison, and Luciano Rodríguez Linares and other inmates
of Topo Chico prison;
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-calling on the authorities to conduct full, prompt, and independent
investigations into the allegations, to make the findings public, and to bring
those responsible to justice.
APPEALS TO:
Governor Nuevo León state
Lic. Fernando de Jesús Canales Clariond
Gobernador del Estado de Nuevo León
Palacio de Gobierno
Planta Alta
Calle 5 de Mayo entre Zaragoza y Zuazua
Monterrey, Nuevo León C.P. 64009
MÉXICO
Telegrams:Gobernador, Nuevo León, México
Faxes: + 52 8 343 4234
Salutation: Dear Mr. Governor/ Señor Gobernador
E-mail:ebotello@nl.gob.mx
Attorney General Nuevo León state
Lic. José Santos González Suárez
Procurador del Estado de Nuevo León
Palacio del Gobierno Planta Baja
Zaragoza y 5 de Mayo
Monterrey 64009
Estabdo de Nuevo León
MÉXICO
Faxes:+ 52 8 342 4893
Salutation:Señor Procurador / Dear Attorney
President of the National Human Rights Commission
Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández
Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH)
Periférico Sur 3469, 5ºpiso
Col. San Jerónimo Lídice
México DF 10200
MEXICO
Telegrams: Presidente CNDH, DF, México
Faxes:+ 52 5 135 0595 (if voice answers please ask; “me puede dar el tono del
fax por favor?”
Salutation: Sr Presidente / Dear Mr. President
Email:correo@cndh.org.mx
COPIES TO:
Non-governmental human rights organisation
Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos A.C. (CADHAC)
Padre Mier 617 Poniente
Zona Centro, Monterrey,
Nuevo León 64000
MÉXICO
and to diplomatic representatives of Mexico accredited to your country.
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PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 31 January 2001.

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