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Bolivia: Fear for safety: Dr Waldo Albarracín,

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 18/002/1999

Amnesty International is extremely concerned for the safety of Dr Waldo Albarracín and his family. Dr Albarracín, a prominent human rights activist was abducted and tortured by police officers in January 1997. He and his family have been receiving death threats connected with the prosecution of a number of the police officers involved.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 18/02/99
UA 258/99 Fear for safety 4 October 1999
BOLIVIADr Waldo Albarracín, lawyer, human rights defender
His family
Amnesty International is extremely concerned for the safety of Dr Waldo
Albarracín and his family. Dr Albarracín, a prominent human rights activist
and president of the organization Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de
Bolivia, Bolivian Permanent Human Rights Assembly, was abducted and tortured
by police officers in January 1997. He and his family have been receiving death
threats connected with the prosecution of a number of the police officers
involved.
On 24 September 1999 the police officers charged with torturing Dr Albarracín
were due to appear at a hearing at the 10
th
Criminal Court [Juzgado Décimo de
Instrucción en lo Penal] in the capital, La Paz. That day the family received
an anonymous telephone call. The caller asked for Dr Albarracín’s nine-year-old
son by name, and referred to the killing and rape of a girl which had occurred
a few days earlier, clearly implying a death threat.
On 29 September the Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Bolivia wrote
to Bolivia’s Minister of Government (Ministro de Gobierno), Walter Guiteras
Dennis, denouncing the most recent threats and calling for steps to guarantee
Dr Albarracín and his family’s safety. This was the latest in a series of
communications sent by the Asamblea to the minister on the same issue this
year. Despite repeated calls by Amnesty International and other human rights
organizations, previous death threats to Waldo Albarracín and his family have
not been investigated. Moreover, three of the police officers charged with
Dr Albarracín’s abduction and torture remain in active service, despite the
fact that under Article 12 of the Bolivian Constitution (Constitución Política
del Estado) any person involved in torture should be suspended from duty
immediately.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Dr Waldo Albarracín was abducted on 25 January 1997 by eight police officers
and subjected to several hours of beatings and death threats. Amnesty
International believes that his abduction and torture was connected with his
human rights work. Since then Dr Albarracín and his family have been subjected
to death threats and intimidation, and were eventually forced to move home.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission has repeatedly emphasized the
importance of taking serious steps against impunity. In particular it has
recommended that members of the security forces involved in human rights
violations should be suspended from active duty while judicial investigations
are carried out, and that the suspension should continue until investigations
are completed.
Dr Albarracín and his family have been the subject of a number of Urgent Actions
(see UA 27/97, 28 January 1997, AMR 18/02/97 and follow-ups: 21 February 1997,
AMR 18/04/97; 19 March 1997, AMR 18/06/97; 14 April 1997, AMR 18/07/97; 12
September 1997, AMR 18/11/97; UA 40/98, 10 February 1998, AMR 18/01/98; and
the external document Bolivia: Undermining human rights work, AI Index AMR
18/10/97, May 1997.)
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in Spanish, if fluent, or in your own language:
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- expressing concern at the latest death threats against Dr Waldo Albarracín
and his family;
- calling for immediate steps to guarantee effective protection for Dr Waldo
Albarracín and his family: this protection should allow Dr Albarracín to
continue his human rights work;
- calling for thorough and impartial investigations into these latest threats,
and for those responsible to be brought to justice;
- asking what steps have been taken by the authorities to investigate previous
threats against Dr Albarracín and his family;
- expressing concern that some of the police officers charged with Dr
Albarracín’s abduction and torture continue in active service;
- calling for the immediate suspension from duty of any member of the security
forces implicated in human rights violations pending the completion of a full
and impartial investigation.
APPEALS TO:
President
Excmo. Sr. Presidente
Gral. Hugo Banzer
Palacio de Gobierno
La Paz, Bolivia
Telegrams: Presidente, La Paz, Bolivia
Faxes:+ 5912 391216 (if voice, ask "me puede dar tono de fax por favor")
Salutation:Sr. Presidente/ Dear President
Minister of Government
Sr. Ministro de Gobierno
Sr. Walter Guiteras Dennis
Ministerio de Gobierno
Av. Arce esq. Belisario Salinas
La Paz, Bolivia
Telegrams:Ministro Gobierno, La Paz, Bolivia
Faxes:+ 5912 371352/ 371334
Salutation:Sr. Ministro/ Dear Minister
Minister of Justice
Sr. Ministro de Justicia
Sr.Juan Chahin
Ministerio de Justicia
Palacio de Communicaciones Piso 6.
Avenida Mariscal Santa Cuz
La Paz, Bolivia
Telegrams: Ministro Justicia, La Paz, Bolivia
Faxes:+ 5912 356530
Salutation:Sr. Ministro/ Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sr. Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto
Dr Javier Murillo de la Rocha
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto
La Paz, Bolivia
Fax:+ 59 12 371155
Human Rights Organization
Asamblea Permanente de Derechos Humanos, Cajon Postal 9282, La Paz, Bolivia
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Faxes:+ 5912 335715
Newspaper
Presencia, Av. Mariscal Santa Cruz 2150, La Paz, Bolivia
Faxes:+ 5912 391040
and to diplomatic representatives of Bolivia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 November 1999.

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