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Mexico: Fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 41/102/1997

Cornelio Barrientos Cortes and Martin Barrientos Cortes: The two men have been subjected to indimidation and death threats by Mexican security forces and AI is concerned for their safety.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/102/97
UA 348/97 Fear for safety 5 November 1997
MEXICOCornelio Barrientos Cortés (25), political activist
Martín Barrientos Cortés
Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of Cornelio
Barrientos Cortés and his brother, Martín Barrientos Cortés who are being
subjected to intimidation and death threats by Mexican security forces. Martín
Barrientos Cortés was previously detained and subjected to torture by members
of the Mexican army between 28 May and 9 June 1997.
On 30 October 1997, around 30 members of the Mexican army and police agents
arrived in the community of El Cucuyachi, municipality of Atoyac de Alvarez,
Guerrero State. Their purpose was to interrogate inhabitants concerning the
death of Roberto López, a political activist for the Partido de la Revolución
Democrática (PRD), Party of the Democratic Revolution, the legal opposition
party. Roberto López was murdered on 29 October 1997. They accused Martín
Barrientos Cortés, also a PRD member, of being the perpetrator but made no
arrest. The army and police agents then proceeded to the house of his brother,
Cornelio Barrientos Cortés, to whom they issued death threats whilst forcing
him to rewrite an account of the incident involving Roberto López in which
he had been critical of the involvement of the security forces.
On 31 October, members of the Mexican army returned to the same community in
search of Cornelio Barrientos Cortés but failed to find him.
Twelve families have recently fled the community of El Cucuyachi in fear of
their safety amidst increasing levels of intimidation by security forces in
the area. Members of the PRD in this area of Guerrero State are often subjected
to human rights violations by the security forces. For further information
see UA 157/97, AMR 41/35/97, 30 May 1997 and follow-ups AMR 41/37/97, 4 June
1997; AMR 41/38/97, 6 June 1997 and AMR 41/43/97, 13 June 1997.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
Spanish or in your own language:
- urging that measures be taken to ensure the physical integrity of Cornelio
Barrientos Cortés and Martín Barrientos Cortés;
- calling for prompt and thorough investigations into death threats issued
to the two brothers, reportedly, by members of the Mexican security forces;
- expressing concern at intimidation suffered by members of the opposition
Party of the Democratic Revolution in Guerrero.
1) Attorney General of the Republic
Lic. Jorge Madrazo Cuéllar
Procurador General de la República
Procuraduría General de la República
Paseo de la Reforma y Violeta
Col. Guerrero, 06300 México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador República, México D.F., Mexico
Faxes: +52 5 626 4419
Salutation: Sr. Procurador de la República / Dear Attorney General
2) Attorney General of the State of Guerrero
Lic. Antonio Hernández Díaz
Procurador del Estado de Guerrero
Carretera Nacional México-Acapulco Km. 6.300
CP 39.000, Chilpancingo, Guerrero, MEXICO.
Telegrams: Procurador, Guerrero, Mexico
Faxes: + 52 747 223 28 (if voice ask "me puede dar tono de fax, por favor")
Salutation: Sr. Procurador/ Dear Attorney
3) Interim Governor of the State of Guerrero
Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero
Gobernador Interino del Estado de Guerrero
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza Primer Congreso de Anahuac
39000 Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
Telegrams: Governador Aguirre, Guerrero, Mexico
Faxes: +52 747 230 72 (if voice ask "me puede dar tono de fax, por favor")
Salutation: Sr. Gobernador / Dear Governor
Human Rights Organisations
Centro de Derechos Humanos
"Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez" A.C.
Puebla No. 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 18 December 1997.

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