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25th October urgent action request - ACTIVIST LEADER AND WIFE KILLED IN MEXICO

UA 320/12        25 October 2012        URGENT ACTION                AMR 41/070/2012

ACTIVIST LEADER AND WIFE KILLED IN MEXICO

MEXICO

Ismael Solorio Urrutia (m), Manuela Solís Contreras (f), members of El Barzón

An environmental activist leader and his wife have been killed in Chihuahua state, northern Mexico. This event follows a pattern of death threats and there are fears for the security of other members of the family and other leaders of the activists’ organization.

On 22 October, the dead body of activist Ismael Solorio Urrutia was found with a shot to the head, and his wife Manuela Solís Contreras with a shot to the chest. They had been on their way to a medical appointment in Chihuahua City. Both were members of El Barzón, a smallholder farmers’ movement in Chihuahua. Chihuahua State suffers from a shortage of water; Ismael Solorio Urrutia had been campaigning to improve access to water.

Amnesty International has been informed that there had been a repeated pattern of threats. In September, Ismael Solorio Urrutia and other members of the organization received death threats from an unknown man. Formal complaints about these threats were filed with the Chihuahua Estate Interior Minister (Secretario de Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua). The threats continued, and on 13 October, Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his son were attacked and beaten by someone who allegedly worked for a mining company indirectly involved in the dispute over water access. On 15 October, members of El Barzón asked to meet with the Secretary of Government of Chihuahua State, to request his intervention to prevent further attacks and hold to account those responsible for the death threats. The authorities denied the request and measures were not implemented.

El Barzón has been campaigning against the establishment of a mining company in the communal farm (Ejido) Benito Juárez, municipality of Buenaventura, Chihuahua state. Currently, the El Barzón activists are participating in protests (plantón) in front of the offices of the state authorities in Chihuahua City, demanding the Governor takes action to ensure justice.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

* Calling on the federal and state authorities to guarantee the safety of Ismael Solorio Urrutia’s family and leader members of the movement El Barzón, Chihuahua;

* Demanding the authorities carry out a swift, full and impartial investigation into the killing of Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his wife Manuela Solís Contreras, and bring those responsible to justice;

* Urging the authorities to investigate the pattern of threats received by Ismael Solorio Urrutia and members of the movement El Barzón, Chihuahua.

 

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 6 DECEMBER 2012 TO:  (Time difference = GMT - 6 hrs / BST - 7 hrs)

 

Chihuahua State Interior Minister
Lic. Raymundo Romero Maldonado 
Palacio de Gobierno 1er Piso
Calle Aldama No. 901
Colonia Centro C.P. 31000
Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico
Fax: 0052 614 4299 341
Salutation: Dear Minister
 

Minister of Interior
Dr. Alejandro Poiré Romero
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez
Delegación Cuauhtémoc
México D.F., C.P.06600, México
Fax: 0052 55 5093 3414
Email:secretario@segob.gob.mx 
Salutation: Dear Minister
 

And copies to:
Local Organization
Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, CEDEHM        
Email: comunicacion.cedehm@gmail.com 
 

 

PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEAL TO

His Excellency Mr Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, Embassy of Mexico, 16 St George Street, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FD

Fax: 020 7495 4035 Email: Embgbretana@sre.gob.mx  Website: http://www.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/  

 

PLEASE CHECK WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK PROGRAMME AT AIUK BEFORE SENDING APPEALS AFTER 6 DECEMBER 2012

Individuals at Risk Programme, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA, 0207 033 1572, iar@amnesty.org.uk.

Individuals At Risk Programme

Tel: 020 7033 1572
Fax: 020 7033 1503
Email: iar@amnesty.org.uk
Website: www.amnesty.org.uk/cases

Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
London
EC2A 3EA 

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