PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 41/067/2008
18 December 2008
Further Information on UA 336/08 (AMR 41/065/2008, 10 December 2008) Possible disappearance/Fear for safety
MEXICO – Javier Torres Cruz (m), aged 28
Javier Torres Cruz was released on 13 December, after being abducted on 3 December. On his return, he had a number of bruises, particularly on his hands, and complained of strong abdominal pains. His family stated that he was blindfolded and did not know where he had been held, and they believed that those who detained him were soldiers. Amnesty International believes that Javier Torres Cruz and his relatives are still in danger.
Javier Torres Cruz is from the tiny community of La Morena, Petatlán municipality, Guerrero state, and a member of a grassroots organization, Organización Ecologista de la Sierra de Coyuca y Petatlán (Environmental Organization of the Coyuca and Petatlan Mountains). At 5am on 13 November, a group of about 100 soldiers went to La Morena in order to find Javier Torres Cruz and two of his brothers. The three brothers were not there at the time, but according to relatives, soldiers searched four houses. They also threatened, slapped and pointed their guns at women and children. That same evening, a group of about 30 armed men in plain clothes also came to the community in order to find Javier Torres Cruz and his brothers. They too, could not locate them.