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Mexico: Further information on "disappearance" / fear of torture

, Index number: AMR 41/101/1997

Pedro Antonio Jose, Guillermo Jose Cruz, Sixto Santiago Antonio, Rafael Jose Miguel, Nicolas Santiago Antonio, Encarnacion Antonio Jose, Ernesto Santiago Antonio and Juan Martinez Sosa: The all above named were tortured in a detention centre in Oaxaca. Four of them were released without charge on 18 October 1997. Four remain in detention after being charged with homicide.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/101/97
3 November 1997
Further information on EXTRA 142/97 (AMR 41/96/97, 21 October 1997) -
“Disappearance”/ Fear of torture
Pedro Antonio José
Guillermo José Cruz
Sixto Santiago Antonio
Rafael José Miguel
Nicolás Santiago Antonio
Encarnación Antonio José
Ernesto Santiago Antonio
Juan Martínez Sosa - local government officials
Amnesty International has received reports that all the above named were
tortured in a detention centre in Oaxaca, Oaxaca State. On 18 October 1997,
Guillermo José Cruz, Encarnación Antonio José, Ernesto Santiago Antonio and
Juan Martínez Sosa were released without charge, forty-eight hours after they
had been detained. The remaining four: Pedro Antonio José, Sixto Santiago
Antonio, Rafael José Miguel and Nicolás Santiago Antonio, have all been charged
with the homicide of Jesús Castro González, a local political activist, and
remain in detention. Members of the Comité de Derechos Humanos de Tlaxiaco,
Human Rights Committee of Tlaxiaco, a local human rights organisation, have
also been accused of being behind the same homicide. Amnesty International
believes the accusations to be unfounded and that those accused have been
targeted for their political and human rights activities
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Spanish or your own language:
- calling for the unconditional release of Pedro Antonio José, Sixto Santiago
Antonio, Rafael José Miguel and Nicolás Santiago Antonio and for measures to
be taken to ensure their physical safety whilst they remain in detention;
- urging that prompt and thorough investigations be carried out concerning
the torture of the eight men and for those responsible to be brought to justice;
- expressing concern at the level of human rights violations in Oaxaca state
reportedly by members of the security forces.
1) Minister of Interior
Lic. Emilio Chuayffet Chemor
Secretario de Gobernación
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucarelli 99, 1er piso,
Col Juarez, 06699 México DF, MEXICO
Telegrams: Secretario de Gobernación, México DF, México
Faxes: + 52 5 546 5350; + 525 535 9952
Salutation: Sr. Secretario / Dear Minister
2) Governor of the State of Oaxaca
Lic. Diódoro Carrasco Altamirano
Gobernador del Estado de Oaxaca
Palacio de Gobierno
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MEXICO
Telegrams: Gobernador Carrasco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Faxes: + 52 951 637 37 (If voice, ask “me puede dar tono de fax, por favor)
Salutation: Sr. Gobernador / Dear Governor
Human rights organization
Centro de Derechos Humanos
"Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez" A.C.
Puebla N. 153 Col. Roma,
06700 México D.F. MEXICO
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 15 December 1997.

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