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On July 24, 2013 , the IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of Vilasson Seraphin, Jeanne Joseph, Johanne Jean-Claude, Jean-Rony Figaro, Roselande Jourdain y Lucmane Louis-Jean, in Haiti. The request for precautionary measures alleges that on December 29, 2012, André Seraphin, member of several civil society organizations, had been kidnapped from his home in the city of Cap- Haitien, allegedly by a group of people who work under orders of a Senator. The next day his body had allegedly been found dead with signs of torture. The request alleges that André had been murdered for allegedly denounced arbitrary acts committed by the gang and the support of the Senator to such acts. Additionally, it is alleged that the father and mother of the victim and the applicant organization, were being persecuted and threatened by the gang and by the presumptive Senator, for trying to seek justice in the case of André Seraphin. On April 2, 2013, the IACHR requested information from both parties on the alleged risk of the proposed beneficiaries, but the State has not so far responded. The IACHR asked the State of Haiti to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and integrity of Vilasson Seraphin, Jeanne Joseph, Johanne Jean-Claude, Jean-Rony Figaro, Roselande Jourdain y Lucmane Louis-Jean, and agree on the measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives. The Commission also requested the State to report on the actions taken to investigate the facts that gave rise to the precautionary measures. The IACHR also requested the State to report to the Commission on the implementation of these measures.

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On July 19, 2011, the IACHR granted precautionary measures for the family of Javier Torres Cruz, in Mexico. Those requesting the precautionary measure allege that Javier Torres Cruz was killed on April 18, 2011, near his community of La Morena—located in the municipality of Petatlán, in the Mexican state of Guerrero—purportedly because of his activities to defend the right to a healthy environment in the Sierra de Petatlán. The request indicates that his family continues to be at risk following his murder, and that unidentified vehicles have been seen keeping the family home under surveillance. The petitioners noted that his brother Felipe Torres, who was with Javier Torres the day he was killed and was seriously wounded in the attack, had received a death threat. The Inter-American Commission asked the State of Mexico to take any necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of the family members of Javier Torres who live in the community of La Morena, located in Petatlán, Guerrero; to come to an agreement with the beneficiaries and their representatives on the measures to be adopted; and to inform the Commission about the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.

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On August 8, 2011, the IACHR granted precautionary measures on behalf of José Antonio Cantoral Benavides, a Peruvian national, who have refugee status in Bolivia. The Commission also received a petition referring to José Antonio Cantoral Benavides and others. The application for injunction alleged that Cantoral Benavides had been deprived of their liberty for August 1, 2011 and that during his detention would have been severely beaten. It also states that the August 3, 2011, the National Refugee Commission had issued a resolution which determines his immediate expulsion from the country, allegedly without having heard Cantoral Benavides and without complying with legal requirements. The Commission requested the State to adopt the necessary measures to refrain from expelling José Antonio Cantoral Benavides from Bolivia until the Commission rules on the merits of the petition, adopt the necessary measures to protect his life and personal integrity, and coordinate the measures to be adopted with the beneficiary and his representatives and report regularly to the Commission on actions taken. According to information received later, Mr. José Antonio Cantoral Benavides remains in Bolivia, under house arrest.

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On May 8, 2012, the IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of the child X, in Mexico. The IACHR withholds her identity because she is a minor. The request for precautionary measures alleges that on July 17, 2011, aproximately at 1 a.m., a group of 15 armed policemen and paramilitaries entered the house of the family of X, in the State of Chiapas. The request further alleges that the father of the family was not present, and that the mother tried to wake up their four children, but X did not wake up in time and the mother escaped with the other three children. The current whereabouts of the child X is undetermined. The IACHR requested the State of Mexico to immediately adopt the necessary measures to determine the situation and whereabouts of the child X and to protect her life and personal integrity, and to inform the Commission on the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.

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On June 12, 2012, the IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of Damaris Moya Portiele and her daughter, 5 years old, in Cuba. The request for precautionary measures alleges that Damaris Moya Portiele is a human rights defender, and that she had been deprived of her liberty several times as a result of her participation in demonstrations in her country. The request also alleges that on May 2, 2012, during a vigile organized for freedom in Cuba, agents of the Security police again deprived her of her liberty, beat her, and threatened with raping her daughter. The IACHR requested the State of Cuba to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of Damaris Moya Portiele and her daughter, to adopt the measures in consultation with the beneficiary and her representatives, and to inform on the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.

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On May 2, 2012, the IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of the members of the Human Rights Lawyers Group (Bufete Jurídico en Derechos Humanos), in Guatemala. The request for precautionary measures alleges that the members of the group have been subject to threats and harassment that is allegedly linked to their work, specifically with the cases related to the period of internal armed conflict. The IACHR requested the State of Guatemala to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of the members of the Human Rights Lawyers Group, to adopt the measures in consultation with the beneficiaries and their representatives, and to inform on the actions taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.