The relative of a disappeared young man in Mexico has been assaulted and threatened in an apparent attempt to stop him and his family from campaigning on their case. In July the authorities withdrew police protection for the family, days after another relative visited Canada to campaign with Amnesty International. Existing protection measures are inadequate as they failed to prevent the latest attack.
Víctor Manuel García Herrera is the brother-in-law of Héctor Rangel Ortiz, who disappeared in northern Mexico in 2009. Víctor García told Amnesty International that on 22 September at 4pm three armed men hit and kicked him to the ground in his home city of Querétaro, central Mexico, where the Rangel family is from. While they hit and kicked him, they told him “calm down or we’ll kidnap you. This is for you to calm down, fucking lawyer. You guys don’t even know you’re in deep shit” (ya bájale o te vamos a dar un levantón. Esto es para que te aplaques, pinche abogadete. No sabes en qué pedos se están metiendo).
Víctor García and his wife, Brenda Rangel Ortiz, have vocally campaigned to get truth and justice for Héctor Rangel. Since beginning their campaign, they have received threats from local police officers, as well as death threats from a detainee during judicial proceedings. Federal authorities granted them police protection in 2013, but it was cancelled, without warning or adequate explanation on 6 July 2016, days after Brenda Rangel returned from Canada where she campaigned with Amnesty International on disappearances in Mexico. The authorities left them with minimal protection measures which failed to prevent the latest attack. Brenda Rangel and Victor García also support dozens of families who are looking for their disappeared relatives in Querétaro state.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
Urging the authorities to immediately and effectively protect Víctor García, Brenda Rangel and their family, including through police protection measures, in strict accordance with their wishes;
Calling on them to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the 22 September incident and bring those responsible to justice;
Calling on them to establish the fate and whereabouts of Héctor Rangel Ortiz, and bring those responsible to justice;
Calling on them to take effective measures to prevent and combat disappearances in Mexico, including by passing new legislation to protect victims and establish an effective search system across the country.
Contact these 2 officials by 24 November, 2016:
Federal Human Rights Undersecretary
Roberto Campa Cifrián
Subsecretario de Derechos Humanos
Secretaría de Gobernación
Dinamarca 86, Colonia Juárez,
Del. Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, C.P. 06600, México
Salutation: Dear Undersecretary / Estimado Subsecretario
Ambassador Carlos Manuel Sada Solana
Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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