Document - Peru: Human rights defenders’ lives threatened
UA: 310/12 Index: AMR 46/007/2012 Peru Date: 16 October 2012
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS’ LIVES THREATENED
On 4 and 8 October, Peruvian human rights defenders Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz received a series of death threats. The police have not offered them protection and their lives might be at risk.
On 4 October, the brother of Rosario Huayanca Zapata received a phone call. An unknown man reportedly asked to speak to Rosario Huayanca Zapata. When he was told that she did not live there he responded, “Tell Rosario Huayanca Zapata that death called her” (“dígale a Rosario Hyuayanca Zapata que llamó la muerte”) and hung up.
On the same day, the security guard at the office of the Human Rights Committee (Comité de Derechos Humanos, CODEH) in Ica region, Peru, found an envelope under a bench in the office’s waiting area. The envelope was addressed to Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz. Inside were four bullets and the following message: “This is just a message, the next one will be directed to your bodies, and also for the Father [referring to José Manuel Miranda]: US$30,000 or you are dead” (“este es un aviso la prosima (sic) va al cuerpo, I (sic) también para el padre $30, mil (sic) ote (sic) mueres”).
On 8 October other relatives of Rosario Huayanca Zapata – including her brother – received further phone calls. During one call, a man wanting to speak to her said, “There is a price on her head and she will be killed” (“su cabeza esta comprada y la van a matar”).
Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz believe that the threats are linked to their human rights work with the Human Rights Committee. They reported the threats to the police and an investigation appears to have been opened. However, the police have refused to offer them protection as they were unable to identify the person responsible for the threats.
Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
Expressing concern that Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz have received death threats and that the threats appear to be linked to their human rights work;
Urging the authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of these threats are brought to justice and that Rosario Huayanca Zapata and Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz receive adequate protection in accordance with their wishes;
Reminding the authorities that human rights defenders have a right to carry out their activities without any unfair restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 NOVEMBER 2012 TO:
Minister of the Interior
Ministro del Interior
Dr. Wilfredo Pedraza Sierra
Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac – San Isidro, Lima, Peru
Fax: + 00 51 1 225 9928 (if a voice answers, ask “¿Me puede dar tono de fax, por favor?”)
Salutation: Dear Minister/Sr. Ministro
Fiscal de la Nación
Dr. José Antonio Peláez Bardales
Av. Abancay cdra. 5 s/n, Lima, Peru
Fax: + 00 51 1 426 2800
Salutation: Dear Attorney General/
Sr. Fiscal de la Nación
And copies to:
Human Rights Coordinating Body
Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos�Calle Pezet y Monel 2467 (ex-Tupac Amaru), Lince, Lima 14, Perú.�Fax: + 511 419 1112
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
human rights defenders’ lives threatened
Amnesty International is concerned about abuses against human rights defenders. Human rights defenders are fundamental actors for the advancement of human rights for all. They work on a range of issues in diverse ways and capacities in pursuit of justice, dignity and human rights for all. Whatever the particular focus of human rights defenders’ work, they are entitled to the full recognition, respect and protection of their rights. The State has the responsibility to take all necessary measures to protect them as set out in the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
Name: Rosario Huayanca Zapata (f), Father José Manuel Miranda Azpiroz (m)
Gender m/f: both
UA: 310/12 Index: AMR 46/007/2012 Issue Date: 16 October 2012