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Bolivia: Fear of ill-treatment / legal concern

, Index number: AMR 18/001/2000

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of union and community leaders and union members who were arrested on 7 and 8 April 2000, following a week of anti-government protests. Most are now believed to be detained incommunicado - "confinamiento" (internal exile) - in the remote location of San Joaquin (Beni Department), where they could be at risk of torture or ill-treatment. The number of detainees are not known. The names of those known to be held are: Gabriel Herbas; Walter Antezana; Emilio Sejas; Ascencio Picha; Felipe Quispe Huanca; Fred Nuñez; Angel Claure; Sacarias Pereira; Victor Cossio; Francisco Partis; Santiago Gareca; Victor Nina; Enriqueta Imaca; Emilio Rodriguez; Filomeno Rivera; Felipe Flores; Osvaldo Toco; Juan Yapura; Pedro Soto

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