Chiapas: Human Rights Defender Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz Receives Death Threats

December 26, 2009

On Dec. 14, 2009, Mr. Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, who works with the organization Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación in the city of Comitán de Dominguez, received a death threat at his home that read: “stop or you are going to die.” In the early morning of Nov. 8, 2009 his house was raided by state police wearing civilian clothing and balaclavas and carrying fire arms. A complaint was filed with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in regards to the events. Interestingly, Guzmán received the death threat two days before he was scheduled to attend the hearing held at the Public Prosector’s Office for the criminal investigation into the raid that took place, abuse of authority and torture. Due to the threat, Adolfo and his wife did not attend the proceedings on Dec. 16.

This is yet one more family that has been affected, one more human rights defender that has been criminalized and intimidated in Chiapas. The list continues to grow.

Read the Complete Denunciation (Spanish):

Amenazan de muerte a defensor de derechos humanos (Boletín 40 del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 17/12/09)

For More Information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento de la sociedad civil ante una nueva ofensiva gubernamental contra las organizaciones sociales y civiles en Chiapas (30/11/09)

Chiapas: Denuncia pública de Enlace, Capacitación y Comunicación (blog de SIPAZ, 11/11/09)

For More Information in English:

Mexico – Death threats against human rights defender Mr Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz (Front Line, 23/12/09)