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Mexico: Human rights defender shot in Mexico

, Index number: AMR 41/080/2011

Human rights defender Norma Esther Andrade was shot by an unknown gunman at her home in Chihuhua state, northern Mexico on 2 December 2011. There are grave fears for her security, and that of her family and colleagues.

UA: 349/11 Index: AMR 41/080/2011 Mexico Date: 5 December 2011
URGENT ACTION
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SHOT IN MEXICO
Human rights defender Norma Esther Andrade was shot by an unknown gunman at
her home in Chihuhua state, northern Mexico on 2 December. There are grave fears
for her security, and that of her family and colleagues.
Norma Esther Andrade is one of the founders of the organization Our Daughters
Return Home (Nuestra Hijas de Regreso a Casa, NHRC). On the afternoon of 2
December, she left her home in the Infonavit Solidaridad neighbourhood of Ciudad
Juarez. As she walked up to her car, an unknown man approached. She offered him
her keys and wallet, but the man said nothing and shot her several times before fleeing
the scene. She was seriously wounded and transferred to hospital where she is now in
a stable condition.
In the morning of the same day, staff at the school where Norma Esther Andrade
works reported that they had received an anonymous call asking if she had come to
school and what time she would arrive but the staff refused to answer. The caller
ended by saying: “We will be waiting for her outside the school” (“estaremos
esperándola afuera de la escuela”).
Norma Esther Andrade, staff at NHRC, and her family have been threatened
repeatedly since June 2002. On 30 September 2011, her daughter Malú García
Andrade, who is director of the NHRC, filed a formal complaint with the federal
authorities after receiving a telephone threat in which the caller stated they had
located her and her family. A few days later, a message was sent through an
acquaintance warning Malú García Andrade that they had 12 hours to leave town or
she and her family would be killed. Since 2008, four NHRC members have protection
orders (medidas cautelares) from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights
requiring the Mexican authorities to ensure their protection. The NHRC continues to
carry out work documenting the disappearance and abduction of women in Ciudad
Juarez.
Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
Demanding the authorities guarantee the safety of Norma Esther Andrade, her family
and other members of NHRC;
Urging a prompt, full and impartial investigation into the latest attack, as well as
previous threats, and ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice;
Demanding the authorities urgently establish a mechanism to ensure the protection of
all human rights defenders in Mexico.
P LEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 JANUARY 2012 TO :
Governor of Chihuahua State
Lic. César Duarte Jáquez
Gobernador del Estado de Chihuahua,
Palacio de Gobierno, 1er piso, C. Aldama #901, Col. Centro,
Chihuahua, Estado de Chihuahua, C.P. 31000, México
Fax: +52 614 429 3300, then dial extension 11066
Email: despachodelejecutivo@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear Governor
Minister of the Interior
Dr. Alejandro Poiré Romero
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez
Delegación Cuauhtémoc
México D.F., C.P.06600, MÉXICO
Fax: +52 55 5093 3414 (Say "fax por favor")
Email: secretario@segob.gob.mx
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
National Human Rights Commission
Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México
Email: correo@cndh.org.mx

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