UA 183/11 MEXICO - MIGRANTS HARASSSED OUTSIDE MIGRANTS' SHELTER
15 juni 2011
Migrants and a volunteer at the Casa del Migrante de Saltillo (Saltillo Migrants’ Shelter) in the Mexican state of Coahuila have been harassed by three armed aggressors. There are fears for the security for the staff and migrants of the shelter.
On 13 June, Klaus Einhorn, a migrants’ rights activist who is a volunteer at the Saltillo Migrants’ Shelter, a Honduran migrant and a Guatemalan migrant were walking back to the shelter from a local convenience store when they were approached by a pick-up van containing three armed men. The armed men pointed the guns at Klaus Einhorn and at the migrants and started to interrogate them.
When Klaus Einhorn asked who they were the aggressors replied, “Somos el diablo” (“We are the devil”). The aggressors threatened to abduct the two migrants. The aggressors also asked questions about the number of migrants and women in the shelter. They also asked Klaus Einhorn if there were any police patrols outside the Shelter to which he responded that there were none at that moment. After this, the aggressors ordered Klaus Einhorn and the two migrants to walk towards the Shelter while the aggressors where driving behind them still pointing their guns. Once they were at the shelter the aggressors called to Klaus Einhorn and the two migrants: “Saludos, nos vemos” (“greetings, we’ll see you around”) and sped off.
Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the protection measures granted by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and National Human Rights Commission on behalf of the shelter have not been effectively implemented, and those at the shelter remain at risk. There is supposed to be a police patrol vehicle outside the shelter at all times, but in this instance it was absent, leaving workers and migrants at risk. Without stronger protection measures and effective investigation of those behind the threats, intimidation and attacks against migrants in Saltillo and staff running the shelter may escalate further.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Spanish or your own language:
* Calling on the authorities to reinforce protection measures for the Saltillo migrants shelter to guarantee the safety of the staff at the Migrants' Shelter so that they can continue their work to defend the rights of migrants in Saltillo;
* Calling on the authorities to investigate all threats and intimidation against migrants and the staff who run the shelters and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 JULY 2011 TO:
Minister of the Interior
Lic. José Francisco Blake Mora
Secretario, Sec. de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez,
México D.F., C.P. 06600, MÉXICO
Fax: +52 55 30032900 ext. 32356
Salutation: Dear Minister/Estimado Señor Secretario
Governor of Coahuila
Jorge Torres López
Gobernador del Estado de Coahuila
Palacio de Gobierno, 1er. Piso Juárez e Hidalgo s/n, Saltillo, C.P. 25000
Fax: +52 844 438 0728 (and say: me puede dar tono de fax por favor)
Salutation: Dear Governor
And copies to:
Saltillo Migrants’ House Shelter
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
114 53 STOCKHOLM
FAX 08-663 24 20
Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
Hundreds of thousands of irregular migrants (those without official travel documents) attempt to travel through Mexico from Central and South America every year to reach the USA. Many are detained by the Mexican migration authorities and returned to their countries of origin. Amnesty International recently visited Mexico to investigate reports of human rights violations against these people. During the visit, Amnesty International found that many had been kidnapped by gangs, sometimes with the complicity of local officials. Impunity for abuses against migrants, who are extremely vulnerable, has allowed these abuses to increase, despite government commitments to ensure respect of migrants' rights.