PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 13/10/00
5 July 2000
Further information on UA 170/00 (AMR 13/09/00, 22 June 2000) - "Disappearance"
/ Fear for Safety
ARGENTINAJosé Segundo ZAMBRANO
Pablo Marcelo RODRÍGUEZ
On 3 July 2000 two bodies, believed to be those of José Zambrano and Pablo
Rodríguez, were found in the Godoy Cruz neighbourhood of Mendoza city some
5 kilometers from where José Zambrano’s blood stained car had previously been
found abandoned. It is reported that DNA tests are to be carried out with results
expected in a month.
Lawyers representing the men’s relatives are apparently facing a campaign of
harassment. Defamatory claims about them were distributed to the press on 26
June. Two days later local radio and television carried untrue reports that
one of the lawyers, Diego Lavado, had been arrested.
On 29 June the local press reported that Provincial authorities, including
the Minister for Justice and Security, had claimed that the lawyers were acting
only for their own financial gain, and had misled Amnesty International.
However, the local press has also reported that it was international pressure
that obliged the authorities to continue their search for the two men. Appeals
from the Urgent Action network have received good coverage.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals. Amnesty International will continue to
monitor the situation, and take further action as necessary. Please send a
final round of telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters in Spanish or
in your own language:
- expressing concern at the "disappearance" of José Segundo Zambrano and Pablo
Marcelo Rodríguez, and expressing particular concern that state agents may
have been involved;
- welcoming the opening of investigations into their "disappearance", and urging
that these investigations be independent, thorough and conclusive, that their
results are made public and those found responsible are brought to justice;
- expressing concern at reports that lawyers representing the men’s relatives
are being harassed;
- urging the authorities to take all measures that the lawyers themselves deem
necessary to guarantee their safety.
Minister of Justice
Ministro de Justicia y Seguridad
de la Provincia de Mendoza
Dr. Leopoldo Manuel Orquín
Salta 672, Godoy Cruz
5501 Mendoza, Argentina
Faxes: +54 261 449 9083
Salutation: Sr. Ministro/ Dear Minister
Governor Mendoza Province
Sr. Gobernador de la Provincia de Mendoza
Sr. Roberto Iglesias
Casa de Gobierno