PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 22/22/99
7 October 1999
Further information on UA 252/99 (AMR 22/23/99, 27 September 1999) - Fear for
safety / Death Threats
CHILEViviana DÍAZ (f), President of the Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos
Ricardo NUÑEZ]Socialist Party senators
José Antonio VIERA-GALLO]
and their families.
New name:Dora CARREÑO (f), member of the Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos
Amnesty International remains extremely concerned for the safety of Viviana
Díaz, president of the non-governmental organisation Agrupación de Familiares
de Detenidos Desaparecidos, Association of Relatives of the "Disappeared",
who has received further death threats. Dora Carreño, a member of the
organisation, has also received death threats.
On the morning of 5 October 1999 Viviana Díaz found a series of handwritten
death threats in the front garden of her house: “por poco tiempo más te va
a durar la cuerda” (“you won’t last much longer”), “Antes de que cante el gallo
tu no estarás” (by the time the cock crows you won’t be around), “andate con
cuidado te queda poco” (take care, your time is running out), “bas [sic] a
seguir camino la Zola [sic]” (“you’re going to follow in Sola’s footsteps”
-this seems to refer to the former president of the Agrupación, Sola Sierra,
who died in July 1999), “tienes tus días contados” (“your days are numbered”)
and “te queda poco”(“your time is running out”). That night her private telephone
line was interfered with and cut off intermittently over several hours.
On 6 October 1999 a judicial complaint about all the threats Viviana Díaz has
received was filed before the Appeals Court in Santiago (Corte de Apelaciones
de Santiago). The threats have been denounced before the Minister of the Interior
and Viviana Díaz has been offered police protection.
Agrupación member Dora Carreño is reported to have received threatening
telephone calls. Amnesty International believes that this is connected with
her personal testimony before Judge Baltasar Garzón in the proceedings against
former General Augusto Pinochet and others, currently underway in Spain, and
the detention in Chile of former Air Force General Edgard Ceballos Jones in
connection with the death as a result of torture of her father, Alfonso Carreño,
and the “disappearance” of José Baeza Cruces.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern at the death threats against Viviana Diaz and her family,
and Dora Carreño;
- expressing continued concern about the threats against parliamentarians
Ricardo Nuñez and José Antonio Viera-Gallo and their families;
- urging the authorities to effectively protect Viviana Díaz and Dora Carreño
to enable them to continue their legitimate human rights work;
- calling for an immediate investigation into these threats, for the findings
to be made public and for those responsible to be brought to justice.