Re: PROTEST Mecican Street Children's torture: OMCT ALERT 22 Apr 98 FWD

P. Myers (
Wed, 22 Apr 1998 12:27:58 -0700 (PDT)

Tom...thank you for consistantly finding ways for us to put our values
into action.  Although we are a great geographic distance from many of the
problems, national and international, you have described recently, there
have been, as with the below, opportunity to take some time to be
proactive, and develop for others a sense of coalition, understanding,
caring and belonging to a wider community.

and it feels good to help...thanks for giving us that chance.

Pat Myers

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Tom Boland wrote:

>      Wed, 22 Apr 1998 from OMCT =3D
>      The World Organisation Against Torture
> Case MEX 200498. CC
> The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT
> intervention in the following situation in Mexico.
> Brief description of the events:
> Casa Alianza, a member of the OMCT network has expressed its grave
> concern over the severe ill treatment of 20 children living and
> working on the street. According to the information recieved, on
> Tuesday, April 14th, at approximately 17:00 hours, a group of about 20
> street children (boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18) were in
> the Alameda Central of Mexico City (in front of the Diego Rivera
> mural). This is a group of street children with whom Casa Alianza has
> been working closely for more than a yearThey live in the sewers close
> to the plaza at the end of the Alameda closest to the metro Hidalgo.
> The boys were being attended by a group of volunteers from a Mexican
> agency, who were handing out food.  A blue police patrol car number
> C-186, together with a Granaderos (riot police) bus No. 17525 stopped
> at the point where the street children were eating. The uniformed
> authorities got out of their vehicles and immediately started to hit
> the street children with their truncheons and the butts of the weapons
> they were carrying. Several of the street children received
> significant beatings, which needed medical treatment (provided by Casa
> Alianza staff). Both street children and nearby merchants heard at
> least =ABseveral=BB shots fired by the Granaderos riot police. A
> photographer captured the action and the wounded children and the
> children were able to identify the police agents from the photos.
> According to witnesses, one of the policemen threatened 10 year old
> street child Fransisco Ivan Maya Lopez by holding a pistol to the
> boy's head. Approximately 10 children were loaded onto the Granaderos
> bus (Pedro Anaya; Luis Hernandez; Silvino Lopez; Hector Cruz; Juan
> Ulises Garcia;  Raymundo Armas; Guadalupe Segura; Mario Perez; Homero
> Lopez; y Adan Chagoyan), all between 14 and 16 years old. The
> Granaderos riot police bus took the ten detained children to the Sixth
> Agency of the Public prosecutor's Office (Ministerio Publico) where
> file Sexta/116/9804 was opened, and the children were charged with
> damage to private property and resisting arrest. Casa Alianza states
> that the children were doing nothing wrong.
> As the police bus drove away down Avenida Hidalgo to Paseo de la
> Reforma Norte, witnesses saw the riot police kicking the children
> inside the bus. Further down Reforma at the Glorieta de Simon Bolivar,
> the Granaderos took photographs of the detained children. Casa Alianza
> staff called the =ABMinisterio Publico Movil=BB - a mobile Public
> Prosector's Office - which arrived to the Casa Alianza program on
> Avenida Reforma No. 111, and took statements from six street children
> who were treated by our medical staff. Many of the children had head
> wounds). Casa Alianza made formal complaints for each of the children,
> including thirteen year old Araceli. Action requested : Please write
> to the Mexican authorities urging them to :
> i.=09guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of the above
> mentioned children and all other street children;
> ii.=09carry out a thorough and impartial enquiry into the allegations in
> order to identify those responsible, bring them to trial and apply the
> penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions provided by legislation;
> iii.=09ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and
> fundamental freedoms in accordance with national laws and
> international standards.
> Addresses:
> S.E. Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Le=F3n, Presidente de la Rep=FAblica,
> Palacio Nacional, C.P. 06065, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Fax (+ 52 5) 515
> 57 29 =F3/or 516 57 62
> Lic. Francisco Labastida Ochoa, Secretario de Gobernaci=F3n, Secretar=EDa
> de Gobernaci=F3n, Bucareli 99, 2=BA piso, Col. Juarez, Mexico, D.F.,
> Mexico Fax (+ 52 5) 546 53 50 =F3/or 547 03 21 o/or 546
> Dr. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar, Procurador General de la Rep=FAblica,
> Procuradur=EDa General, Violeta y Reforma s/n 2=BA piso, Col. Guerrero,
> M=E9xico, D.F. CP 06300 M=E9xico. Fax: (+ 52 5) 626 44 26
> Dr. Lorenzo Thomas Torres, Procurador General de Justicia del Distrito
> Federal. Fax: (+ 52 5) 62570 81
> Geneva, 20 April 1998
> Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code number of
> this appeal in your reply.
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