Death threats against human rights defender Ms Margarita Martínez Martínez and members of Frayba

BELOW: appeal for letters

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.
Further Information

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. -Frayba, an independent organisation working to promote and defend the rights of indigenous peoples in the State of Chiapas.

On 24 November 2010, Margarita Martínez Martínez visited a city centre café in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas after attending a meeting with a representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. Upon leaving the café she noticed that her security guard, a policeman who has been assigned to her as a precautionary measure upon recommendation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, was not waiting for her outside.

She proceeded to leave the café and walked one block away where she was intercepted by two individuals. One was in a white Ranger van and the other, who was on foot, told her to walk two blocks where she would be met by another person who would give her further instructions. They threatened to kill her if she did not do as instructed.

Upon meeting the third individual, she was handed a piece of paper that had a message written on it with letters that had been cut from a newspaper. The note said “Diego en tus manos esta la vida de este familia, enfrentarás cargos, Defensores la verga” (Diego, the life of this family is in your hands, you will face charges, bullshit defenders).

She was ordered to bring the note to the offices of Frayba, whose Director is Diego Cadenas Gordillo, because “son unos pinches culeros de mierda, solo andan desestabilizando al Estado, justifican sus gastos según a favor de los más necesitados a favor de la justicia, que justicia ni que la madre justicia, mi verga/” (they are pieces of shit, they are just trying to destabilise the State, they justify their spending by saying it is to help the most needy access justice, what justice, not even the mother of justice, bullshit).

After demanding that she deliver those and other threats to the staff at Frayba, the individual told her to walk a couple of blocks and then take a taxi to the municipal cementary “para platicar con tus muertitos porque ya pronto te vas a encontrar con ellos” (to chat with your little dead friends because soon you will find yourself with them) before then taking the taxi to the market “sin hacer pendejadas porque eres persona muerta” (without doing anything bloody stupid because you’re a dead person).

Margarita Martínez Martínez was followed by the individuals in the white van to ensure that she carried out the full instructions but once in the city centre she managed to lose the vehicle in the traffic. She went immediately to the offices of Frayba.

The police officer responsible for her security reported that he never left the café where Margarita Martínez Martínez had been and that at no point had he seen her leave the premises.

On 23 November 2010, there was an electrical failure at Margarita Martínez Martínez’s home following which her security cameras failed to work.

Front Line believes that Margarita Martínez Martínez, her family and Frayba are being targeted as a result of their activities in defence of human rights, in particular the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Front Line is deeply concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Margarita Martínez Martínez, her familyand all those working with Frayba. Front Line views these incidents as forming part of an ongoing campaign of harassment, intimidation, stigmatisation and threats, and sees this as taking place in the context of the continuing environment of hostility and danger for human rights defenders in Mexico, in particular in the State of Chiapas.

Please take action on behalf of Mexican human rights defender Margarita Martínez Martínez.

Copy the enclosed letter and send it to the addresses below.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of human rights defender Margarita Martínez Martínez.

Letter:

Your Excellency,

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.

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.

An appeal was previously issued 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. -Frayba, an independent organisation working to promote and defend the rights of indigenous peoples in the State of Chiapas.

On 24 November 2010, Margarita Martínez Martínez visited a city centre café in the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas after attending a meeting with a representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. Upon leaving the café she noticed that her security guard, a policeman who has been assigned to her as a precautionary measure upon recommendation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, was not waiting for her outside.

She proceeded to leave the café and walked one block away where she was intercepted by two individuals. One was in a white Ranger van and the other, who was on foot, told her to walk two blocks where she would be met by another person who would give her further instructions. They threatened to kill her if she did not do as instructed.

Upon meeting the third individual, she was handed a piece of paper that had a message written on it with letters that had been cut from a newspaper. The note said “Diego en tus manos esta la vida de este familia, enfrentarás cargos, Defensores la verga” (Diego, the life of this family is in your hands, you will face charges, bullshit defenders).

She was ordered to bring the note to the offices of Frayba, whose Director is Diego Cadenas Gordillo, because “son unos pinches culeros de mierda, solo andan desestabilizando al Estado, justifican sus gastos según a favor de los más necesitados a favor de la justicia, que justicia ni que la madre justicia, mi verga/” (they are pieces of shit, they are just trying to destabilise the State, they justify their spending by saying it is to help the most needy access justice, what justice, not even the mother of justice, bullshit).

After demanding that she deliver those and other threats to the staff at Frayba, the individual told her to walk a couple of blocks and then take a taxi to the municipal cementary “para platicar con tus muertitos porque ya pronto te vas a encontrar con ellos” (to chat with your little dead friends because soon you will find yourself with them) before then taking the taxi to the market “sin hacer pendejadas porque eres persona muerta” (without doing anything bloody stupid because you’re a dead person).

Margarita Martínez Martínez was followed by the individuals in the white van to ensure that she carried out the full instructions but once in the city centre she managed to lose the vehicle in the traffic. She went immediately to the offices of Frayba.

The police officer responsible for her security reported that he never left the café where Margarita Martínez Martínez had been and that at no point had he seen her leave the premises.

On 23 November 2010, there was an electrical failure at Margarita Martínez Martínez’s home following which her security cameras failed to work.

I believe that Margarita Martínez Martínez, her family and Frayba are being targeted as a result of their activities in defence of human rights, in particular the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. I am deeply concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Margarita Martínez Martínez, her familyand all those working with Frayba. I view these incidents as forming part of an ongoing campaign of harassment, intimidation, stigmatisation and threats, and sees this as taking place in the context of the continuing environment of hostility and danger for human rights defenders in Mexico, in particular in the State of Chiapas.

I urge the Mexican authorities to:

1.Carry out an immediate, impartial and thorough investigation into the death threats against Margarita Martínez Martínez, and the members of Frayba, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;

2.Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Margarita Martínez Martínez, her family and all members of Frayba,particularly by ensuring that adequate and effective security measures are provided to protect human rights defenders at risk;

3.Ensure that all human rights defenders in Chiapas, carrying out their legitimate work in the defence of human rights, are able to operate free of restrictions and reprisals.

Yours sincerely
Target addresses:

Lic. Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa
Presidente de la República
Residencia Oficial de los Pinos
Casa Miguel Alemán
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec,
C.P. 11850, México DF
Tel: (52.55) 2789.1100 Fax: (52.55 ) 5277.2376
Correo: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

Lic. José Francisco Blake Mora
Secretario de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. Piso, Col. Juárez,
Del. Cuauhtémoc,
C.P. 06600 México D.F.
Fax: (52.55) 50933414
Correo: secretario@segob.gob.mx, contacto@segob.gob.mx

Lic. Juan José Sabines Guerrero
Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
Av. Central y Primera Oriente, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México
Fax: +52 961 61 88088 ? + 52 961 6188056
Correo: secparticular@chiapas.gob.mx

Dr. Noé Castañón León
Secretario General de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno, 2o. piso, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29000
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México
Conmutador: + 52 (961) 61 2-90-47, 61 8-74-60
Correo:secretario@secgobierno.chiapas.gob.mx

Lic. Raciel López Salazar
Procuraduría General de Justicia de Chiapas
Libramiento Norte Y Rosa Del Oriente, No. 2010, Col. El Bosque
C.P. 29049 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Conmutador: 01 (961) 6-17-23-00. Teléfono: + 52 (961) 61 6-53-74, 61 6-53-76, 61 6-57-24,
61 6-34-50
Correo: raciel.lopez@pgje.chiapas.gob.mx

Dr. José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez
Unidad de Defensores
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
1889 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
USA
Fax 1-202-458-3992
cidhdenuncias@oas.org, cidhdefensores@oas.org

Send a copy to: —

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas A.C.
Calle Brasil #14, Barrio Mexicanos,
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México
Código Postal: 29240
Tel +52 (967) 6787395, 6787396, 6783548
Fax +52 (967) 6783551
accionurgente@frayba.org.mx
http://www.frayba.org.mx

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