Mexico

Mexico: Killing of human rights defender Ms Marisela Escobedo Ortizposted on: 2010/12/20

Front Line is deeply saddened by the killing of human rights defender, Ms Marisela Escobedo Ortiz in Chihuahua, on 16 December 2010.

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Front Line strongly condemns the killing and believes that Marisela Escobedo Ortiz was targeted solely as a result of her work in the defence of human rights in particular, her fight for justice for the murder of her daughter, Rubi Marisol Fraye Escobedo, in August 2008 when aged 16 years. Marisela Escobedo Ortiz was a member of Justicia para Nuestras Hijas - Justice for our Daughters.

On the evening of 16 December 2010, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz was holding a peaceful vigil, together with other families of victims of femicide, against the absolution of her daughter's killer, outside the Chihuahua State Governor's Office. A security video recording is said to show a car arrive at the scene carrying a number of masked men.

One man allegedly approached the human rights defender and exchanged words with her. She attempted to get away but the man followed her and shot her in the head. He immediately fled the scene.

Mexico – Death threats against human rights defenders Mr Cuauhtémoc Ramírez Rodríguez and Ms Obtilia Eugenio Manuelposted on: 2010/12/09

On 28 November 2010, human rights defenders Mr Cuauhtémoc Ramírez Rodríguez and Ms Obtilia Eugenio Manuel received death threats against them and family members, when a letter containing the threats was left at the defenders' residence. Both human rights defenderswork for the Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me'phaa - OPIM(Me'phaa Indigenous People'sOrganisation).

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On 28 November 2010, Cuauhtémoc Ramírez Rodríguez and Obtilia Eugenio Manuel found a death threat written on a sheet of paper that had been pushed under the door of their home.

The threat made specific reference to a case which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights heard in August 2010, in which elements of the Mexican military were found guilty of torturing and raping Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, two indigenous women from Guerrero.

The threat opened with the lines: “Hola Obtilia. Ahora ya sabemo donde vive por que tanto molesta de la asunto Inés y Valentina deje estar chingando en la asunto sentencia de las dos mujeres por que son de la organización mephaa” (Hello Obtilia.

Mexico – Death threats against human rights defender Ms Margarita Martínez Martínez and members of Frayba posted on: 2010/11/26

On 24 November 2010, Ms Margarita Guadalupe Martínez Martínez, the wife of human rights defender Mr Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, again received death threats from unknown individuals after being intercepted on a public street in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas as she walked unaccompanied by her security guard.

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Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz is a member of the organisation Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación – Enlace CC (“Connect, Communication and Training”). Enlace CC is a civil organisation based in Chiapas which works for sustainable development for indigenous peoples and rural workers in central and southern Mexico, incorporating human rights and gender equality as its guiding principles.

Front Line previously issued an appeal in relation to death threats against Margarita Martínez Martínez and her family on 1 March 2010 and 23 December 2009. The threats also made reference to human rights organisation Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas A.C.

Human rights defender Ms Bety Cariño tragically killed in violent paramilitary attack in Oaxaca, Mexicoposted on: 2010/04/28

Front Line is deeply saddened by news received of the violent paramilitary attack on a peaceful solidarity campaign in Oaxaca, Mexico, which resulted in the killing of WHRD Bety Cariño as well as an international observer from Finland, Tyri Antero Jaakkola.

Mexico: Detention and assault of LGBTI human rights defenders Mr Jaime Lopez Vela and Mr Agustín Estrada Negreteposted on: 2009/05/25

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that LGBTI human rights defenders, Mr Jaime Lopez Vela and Mr Agustín Estrada Negrete, were arrested and physically assaulted by police in the State of Mexico on 7 May 2009, and that Agustín Estrada Negrete was also sexually assaulted.

Mexico: Attempted assassination and death threats against human rights defenders,posted on: 2009/04/22

Front Line is concerned following reports of an attempted assassination and death threats against members of the non-governmental Consejo para la Ley y los Derechos Humanos – CLDH (Law and Human Rights Council) and in particular Mr Fernando Ruiz Canales, chairman of the organisation, Mr Mario Alberto Ramírez Hurtado and Mr Isaac Olmedo García.

Mexico: Ongoing detention of indigenous rights defender Mr Raúl Hernández Abundióposted on: 2009/03/27

Front Line welcomes the release from prison of indigenous rights defenders Messrs Natalio Ortega Cruz, Romualdo Santiago Enedina, Orlando Manzanarez Lorenzo, and Manuel Cruz Victoriano, on 19 March 2009. The aforementioned indigenous rights defenders make up four of the five members of the Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me'phaa – OPIM (Indigenous Me'phaa People's Organisation) who were the subject of a Front Line urgent appeal issued on 30 May 2008 after they had been arrested and detained on 18 April 2008. However, Front Line expresses concern that Mr Raúl Hernández Abundió, a fifth member of the OPIM who was detained at the same time as the other four, remains in detention.

Mexico – Bodies found of indigenous rights defenders, Mr Manuel Ponce Rosas and Mr Raúl Lucas Lucíaposted on: 2009/02/25

Front Line is deeply saddened following reports that the bodies of human rights defenders Manuel Ponce Rosas and Raúl Lucas Lucía were discovered on 20 February 2009 with visible signs of torture and in an advanced state of decomposition. Manuel Ponce Rosas and Raúl Lucas Lucía were Secretary and President respectively of the Organisation for the Future of the Mixteco People (OFPM), an organisation which is derived from the Organización Independiente de Pueblos Mixtecos y Tlapanecos – OIPMT (Independent Organisation of Mixteco and Tlapaneco Peoples).

Mexico: Bodies found of indigenous rights defenders, Manuel Ponce Rosas and Raúl Lucas Lucíaposted on: 2009/02/25

Front Line is deeply saddened following reports that the bodies of human rights defenders Manuel Ponce Rosas and Raúl Lucas Lucía were discovered on 20 February 2009 with visible signs of torture and in an advanced state of decomposition.

Mexico: Alleged enforced disappearance of indigenous rights defenders, Mr Manuel Ponce Rosas and Mr Raúl Lucas Lucíaposted on: 2009/02/17

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports of the alleged enforced disappearance of human rights defenders, Mr Manuel Ponce Rosas and Mr Raúl Lucas Lucía, on 13 February 2009. Manuel Ponce Rosas and Raúl Lucas Lucía are Secretary and President respectively of the Organisation for the Future of the Mixteco People (OFPM), an organisation which is derived from the Organización Independiente de Pueblos Mixtecos y Tlapanecos – OIPMT (Independent Organisation of Mixteco and Tlapaneco Peoples).