EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 41/114/97
UA 394/97 Fear for safety / Torture 16 December 1997
MEXICO14 street children in Mexico City
On 7 December 1997, 14 street children were beaten and threatened with death
by two police agents and two civilians, in the Observatorio area of Mexico
City. Amnesty International is seriously concerned for their safety, fearing
that they could be subjected to further attacks and intimidation after reporting
their ordeal to a local non-governmental human rights organisation.
According to reports, the four men entered an abandoned house where the children
were sleeping and proceeded to beat and kick them. They then forced the children
out of the building whilst they set light to their belongings, including clothes
and mattresses. Some of the children noticed a jeep parked nearby but were
ordered, at gunpoint, to look away in order to prevent them from identifying
the vehicle. The police warned them that if they attempted to look at it they
would be shot dead.
Street children in Mexico City are often subjected to ill-treatment and human
rights violations by members of the security forces. Since the beginning of
the year, Amnesty International has documented a steady increase in the number
of these cases reported (see UA 182/97, AMR 41/46/97, 19 June 1997). However,
many cases are not reported, as the street children often fear that their
complaints will result in further abuses.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
Spanish or your own language:
- calling for measures to be taken to guarantee the safety of the 14 street
children in Mexico City, beaten and threatened by four men, including two police
agents on 7 December 1997;
- urging an immediate investigation be carried out into the attack and for
those responsible to be brought to justice;
- expressing concern at the increase of human rights violations committed by
members of the security forces against street children in Mexico City.
Attorney General of the Federal District
Dr. Samuel del Villar
Procurador de Justicia del Distrito Federal
Procuraduría de Justicia del Distrito Federal
Paseo de la Reforma 75
06200 México D.F., MEXICO
Telegrams: Procurador Distrito Federal, México D.F., México
Faxes: + 52 5 625 7129 (fax tone follows recorded message)
Salutation: Sr. Procurador del D.F. / Dear Attorney
Human rights organisation
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.