Mexico: Clash between community and state police in Guerrero
Following the events which took place last Sunday 7 January in Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, in which 11 people, including 3 community police officers, were killed in a clash between members of the Regional Coordination of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC) and elements of the state police force, and more than 30 people were arrested, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:
“The state authorities must take immediate action to establish the circumstances in which 11 people were killed and carry out an effective, independent and impartial investigation into the use of lethal force by state agents in order to bring those responsible to justice.
The authorities must also guarantee all the human rights of the 30 people who are still detained, and ensure that they have access as soon as possible to legal representation of their choice, any medical services they may need, and allow them to have contact with and receive visits from their families. It is vital that the authorities publish a list of names of those detained as soon as possible, along with information on their legal status and physical states, and the location of the place where they are being held in detention. If there are no charges against them then they should be released immediately.”