Human Rights Activist In US Custody

El Paso – A Mexican human rights official has been placed in U.S. Customs detention apparently for his safety after recently reporting 170 instances in which Mexican soldiers allegedly tortured, abused or killed innocent people while deployed in Chihuahua.

Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson was taken into custody Thursday night by Customs and Border Protection agents who apparently want him to seek political asylum for his safety. It's a move his attorney, Carlos Spector, calls highly unusual, the El Paso Times reported Saturday.

Hickerson said none of the abuse cases were being prosecuted by the Mexican government and he added that he was afraid for his safety and that of his family.


Information from: El Paso Times,

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