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Mexico: Further information on fear of arbitrary detention / possible prisoners of conscience and new concern: possible extrajudicial execution / fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 41/012/1998

Jose Tila Lopez and witness testifying before international human rights observers in Chiapas State: On 21 February 1998 a group of indigenous people was reportedly ambushed by members of the paramilitary group "Paz y Justicia", killing José Tila López and wounding several people. The attack took place in Tila municipality, Chiapas state. Hours before José Tila López had given evidence about human rights violations against peasants and indigenous people to an international delegation of human rights observers presently in Chiapas state. Members of the group who witnessed José Tila López's killing have given the names of the attackers to the international delegation. The names are also to be formally handed to Procuraduría General de la República,(PGR), Attorney General's Office, with a request for an investigation.