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Child Concern

Case MEX 100697 . CC

The International Secretariat of the OMCT requests your URGENT
intervention in the following situation in Mexico.

Brief description of the situation

The International Secretariat has received information from various
sources which give rise to grave concern over persistent violations
of the Human rights of street children of both sexes.

Responsibility for these acts appears lies with private security
guards, agents of the police force and judicial police. According to
the information, these three bodies both public and private operate,
often in collusion, in the North Central Bus Station, Mexico City and
surrounding area, are responsible for persistent acts of physical and
verbal acts of harassment and violence including sexual acts and
presumed forced disappearances. Despite the many denunciations, to
this day, none of those responsible have been brought to justice.

1 According to the reports, on May 28th 1997 at midnight in
Insurgentes Norte, near the North Central Bus Station, Mexico City,
two agents of the preventive police in a public security patrol
vehicle illegally detained a 17-year old adolescent, Nancy, (surname
not given). She was subsequently raped and beaten up inside the

2 In addition, on May 30th, 1997 at 04:00 hours at the Central North
Bus Station agents of the police of patrol 01294 also illegally
arrested four adolescents, two girls and two boys identified solely
as: Rebeca, aged 14, Mónica, aged 16, Acapulco (presumed nickname),
aged 16, and Gari, aged 13. The adolescents were released following
the intervention of 2 taxi drivers who followed the Patrol. However
before their release the four were beaten up and the two girls
sexually assaulted.

3 On June 4th two adolescents identified as Hector, 16 years old and
"Jerecho" also 16, were picked up by members of the private security
force known as the "caninos". Since 6 June their whereabouts is

Action requested
Write to the Mexican authorities expressing concern at such events and
urging them to:

i adopt all necessary measures to identify the whereabouts of Hector
and Jerecho assure their immediate release, and guarantee their
physical and psychological integrity;

ii. take immediate measures to guarantee in all circumstances the
respect of the physical and psychological integrity of the girls
Nancy, Rebeca, Gari, Acapulco and Monica and pay particular attention
to the risk of reprisals;

iii. carry out an impartial and thorough investigation of the events
described above, identify those responsible and impose upon them the
civil, penal and/or administrative sanctions provided by law;

iv. take all the measures in their power in order to put an end to
sexual abuses and acts of violence and harassment on the part of
private groups of vigilantes and public security patrols against
minors who live and work in the street.

v. guarantee the full respect of Human rights and fundamental
liberties in the country in accordance with national laws and
international standards.


S.E. Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, Presidente de la República,
Palacio Nacional, C.P. 06065, México D.F., México. Fax (+ 52 5) 515 57
29 ó/or 516 57 62

Dr. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar, Procurador General de Justicia,
Procuraduría General, Violeta y Reforma s/n 2º piso, Col. Gerrero,
México D.F. CP 06300 México. Fax: (+ 52 5) 626 44 26

Dr. Lorenzo Thomas, Procurador General de Justicia del Distrito
Federal. Fax.: (+ 52 5) 625 70 81

Dr. Luis de la Barreda Solórzano, Presidente de la Comisión de
Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal. Fax.: (+ 52 5) 578 25 78 Gral.
Enrique Salgado Cordero, Secretario de Seguridad Pública. Fax.:(+ 52
5) 208 64 40

The Mexican Embassy in your respective countries.

Geneva, June 10th 1997
Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code number of
this appeal in your reply-

Ben Schonveld
Projects Manager
Fax 4122 733 1051
Ph 4122 733 3140
OMCT is: l'Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture
The World Organisation Against Torture


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