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Mexico: Further information on "disappearance" / torture

, Index number: AMR 41/077/1997

Benito Bahena Maldonado; and new names: Fredy Nava Rios (16), army recruit and Miguel Castro Munillo, peasant activist: Amnesty International remains gravely concerned for the physical safety of Benito Bahena Maldonado, last seen in a detention centre in Mexico City at the end of June 1997. The organization has now also learnt of the "disappearance" of two other men from the same region, Fredy Nava Rios, detained on 29 May 1997, and Miguel Castro Munillo who was last seen on 4 April 1997 as he passed through a checkpoint of the Attorney General of the Republic. It is feared he has been detained for his involvement in a peasant organization, Coalition of Small Farm holders of the Costa Grande, and a political party, Party of the Democratic Revolution, (PRD).

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/77/97
19 August 1997
Further information on UA 230/97 (AMR 41/61/97, 23 July 1997) - “Disappearance”/
Torture
MEXICO Benito Bahena Maldonado, peasant activist
New names: Fredy Nava Ríos (16), army recruit
Miguel Castro Munillo (38), peasant activist
Amnesty International remains gravely concerned for the physical safety of
Benito Bahena Maldonado, last seen in a detention centre in Mexico City at
the end of June 1997. The organization has now also learnt of the
“disappearance” of two other men from the same region, Fredy Nava Ríos and
Miguel Castro Munillo.
Fredy Nava Ríos was detained on 29 May in Petatlán, Guerrero State. The
Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, Ministry of National Defence, reportedly
informed his father, Manuel Nava Baltazar, that an order had been issued for
his arrest for his apparent desertion of the army but denied that the military
had detained him. However, a soldier informed the father that Fredy Nava Ríos
had been held for four days at a barracks in Atoyac, Guerrero State where he
had been tied up, blindfolded and subjected to beatings. He has since been
moved to another place of detention but his whereabouts remain unknown.
Miguel Castro Munillo was last seen on 4 April as he passed through a checkpoint
of the Procuraduría General de la República, Attorney General of the Republic
between San Francisco del Tibor and Acapulco, Guerrero State. It is feared
he has been detained for his involvement in a peasant organization, the Coalición
de Ejidos de la Costa Grande, Coalition of Small Farm holders of the Costa
Grande, and a political party, the Partido de la Revolución Democrática, Party
of the Democratic Revolution.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- calling for the whereabouts of Benito Bahena Maldonado, Fredy Nava Ríos and
Miguel Castro Munillo to be made public immediately and for their families
to be informed of their physical conditions;
- seeking assurances that if they are in detention they are being treated
humanely;
- expressing concern at the lack of investigation into the abduction and torture
of Benito Bahena Maldonado and Fredy Nava Ríos and into the “disappearance”
of Miguel Castro Munillo;
- expressing deep alarm at the increasing number of reports of human rights
violations in the state of Guerrero, the apparent lack of effective action
to stop them and the impunity currently enjoyed by most perpetrators.
APPEALS TO:
Minister of Defence
Gral. Enrique Cervantes Aguirre
Secretario de la Defensa Nacional
Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional
Blvd. Manuel Ávila Camacho y
Avda. Industria Militar
Col. Lomas de Sotelo
2
11640 México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams: Sr. Secretario Defensa Nacional, México D.F., MEXICO
Faxes: +52 5 557 8963
Salutation: Sr. Secretario / Dear Minister
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