TO: WARN activists () and AI USA’s Campaign for Individuals at Risk (telephone +1 202 509 8160)
FROM: Rupert Knox, Mexico researcher
DATE: 18 October 2013
FAX: (44) (020) 7956 1157, Tel: (44) (020) 7413 5500
REQUEST FOR WARN ACTION
COMMENTS TO WARN CONTACTS:
María Luisa (Malú) García Andrade and her two children
DETAILS OF SITUATION:
On 17 October 2013, human rights defender, Malú García Andrade received two anonymous phone calls while in the Senate in Mexico City in which the caller identified her two children by their clothing and their location and told her they were going to be abducted and killed.
Malu García Andrade and her children are supposed to be accompanied by body guards as a result of a protection order from the Inter American Court of Human Rights and implemented by the federal government. At the time of the threat she was accompanied by one body guard but not the second who was assigned to her. The other bodyguards assigned to her children were not on working. In recent weeks, she informed Amnesty International, she had been told by federal authorities applying the measures that bodyguards were gradually being reduced with a view to ending protection measures.
In the face of the immediate threat to her children, she sought assistance from the government of Mexico City which sent a patrol car to her home where he son was. The patrol car did not inform the son that it had check the premises or stay to guard against any potential attack.
Later the same day a representative of the Federal Interior Ministry human rights unit accompanied her to the Federal District prosecutor’s Office to file a criminal complaint regarding the threats. She believes they may be connected to her work supporting relatives abducted and murdered women in Mexico City and surrounding states. Malú García Andrade had been previously forced to flee Ciudad Juárez after receiving threats in connection with her human rights work.
Expressing concern for the safety of Malú García Andrade and her two children and calling for the protection measures to be strengthened to ensure their safety in accordance with their wishes;
Calling for a full investigation into the threats against her family and into the apparent decision to reduce or remove the protection measures available to her;
Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
Secretario de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, col. Juárez, C.P. 6600, México D.F., México.
Fax: +52 55 5093 3414 (keep trying)
Salutation: Dear Minister
Head of Government of the Federal District
Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa
Plaza de la Constitución y 5 de febrero 7mo. Piso, Oficina 103, Col. Centro, C.P. 06068, Del. Cuauhtemóc, México D.F., México
Fax: +52 55 5345 8030
Salutation: Head of Government
Attorney General of the Republic
Jesús Murillo Karam
Paseo de la reforma 211-213
Col. Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal.
C.P. 06500, México
Fax: +52 55 5346 0908 (keep trying, and ask for "fax")
Salutation: Dear Attorney General