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UA 121/94 - Colombia: fear of "disappearance": Luis Eduardo Diaz, Julio Edgar Galves Quimbay

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 23/030/1994

Luis Eduardo Diaz and Julio Edgar Galves Quimbay have not been seen since 18 March 1994. Their families received an anonymous phone call on 20 March stating that they had been abducted. Despite extensive enquiries made by the families, their whereabouts remain unknown. However, the vehicle reportedly used in the abduction of one of the men was reportedly found in the car park of the local Civilian Security Department.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/30/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 121/94 Fear of "disappearance" 25 March 1994
COLOMBIA: Luis Eduardo DIAZ, aged 34
Julio Edgar GALVES QUIMBAY, aged 33, lawyer
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Luis Eduardo Díaz and
Julio Edgar Galves Quimbay, who were last seen on 18 March 1994 in the Colombian
capital of Bogotá. Despite extensive inquiries since that date, their
whereabouts remain unknown.
According to sources, lawyer Julio Galves called his wife at 6 pm on 18 March
and said that he was on his way to meet a friend. He never arrived at the
meeting place and was not seen again. Luis Eduardo Díaz was at home on 18
March looking after his small child. However, when his partner arrived home
in the evening, he was not there and there was no indication as to what had
happened to him.
On 20 March both families received an anonymous phone call, stating that the
men had been abducted and giving the license plate of a vehicle used in the
abduction of one of them. Friends and relatives immediately proceeded to
make extensive inquiries at branches of the city's security forces, including
the Judicial Police, (SIJIN), Police Intelligence, (F-2), and the Civilian
Security Department, Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS), as well
as at the city morgue, but without any results. However the vehicle reportedly
used in the abduction of one of the men was located in the DAS car park.
The "disappearance" of the two men was denounced to the Judicial Police the
same day, who reportedly confirmed the location of the vehicle. A formal
complaint was also made to several official human rights agencies including
the Procurator General, Procuraduría General de la Nación, and the
Procurator's Special Investigations Unit, Oficina de Investigaciones
Especiales, the People's Defender, Defensoría del Pueblo, and the Presidential
Adviser on Human Rights, Consejería Presidencial para los Derechos Humanos.
Both Luis Eduardo Díaz and Julio Edgar Galves were members of armed opposition
groups which demobilized in 1990 and 1991 to form legal opposition political
parties, after reaching peace agreements with the government. A number of
ex-guerrillas have since become victims of "disappearance" or extrajudicial
execution.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
In recent years widespread and systematic human rights violations have occurred
in Colombia, including extrajudicial executions, "disappearance", torture and
arbitrary arrest. Particular targets have been members of left-wing parties,
community and trade union leaders. The majority of such abuses have been
attributed by the Colombian authorities to civilian "death squads" which it
claims it is unable to control. However, on the basis of available evidence,
the organization concludes that many such abuses are carried out by members
of the Colombian security forces or civilians working under their command or
with their support.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in Spanish or in your own language:
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- expressing concern for the safety of Luis Eduardo Díaz and Julio Edgar Galves,
who have not been seen since 18 March 1994 when they were reportedly abducted
in Bogotá;
- urging that there be an immediate inquiry into their whereabouts;
- urging that, if in detention, they be humanely treated and allowed access
to lawyers and relatives;
- urging that, if in detention, they be charged with a recognizable criminal
offence or immediately released.
APPEALS TO:
1) Director of the Department of State Security:
Dr. Fernando Brito
Director
Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad
Carrera 28, No. 17A-00
Santafé de Bogotá
COLOMBIA
Telegrams:Director, Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad,
Bogota, Colombia
Telexes:43363 JEDAS
Salutation: Estimado Dr. Brito/Dear Dr. Brito
2) President of Colombia:
Señor Presidente César Gaviria Trujillo
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: President Gaviria, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 286 7434/287 7939
Salutation:Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente/Dear President Gaviria
3) Procurator General:
Dr. Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla
Procurador General de la Nación
Procuraduría General
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Arrieta, Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 284 0472
Salutation:Sr. Procurador de la Nación/Dear Dr. Arrieta
4) Advocate for the People:
Dr. Jaime Córdoba Triviño
Defensor del Pueblo
Defensoría del Pueblo
Calle 35 No. 7-25 piso 5
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams:Defensor del Pueblo Trivino, Defensoria del Pueblo,
Bogota, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 288 6683
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Salutation: Estimado Dr Triviño/Dear Dr. Triviño
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Association for Relatives of the "Disappeared"
Señores
ASFADDES
AA 011446
Santafé de Bogotá
Colombia
and to diplomatic representatives of Colombia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 6 May 1994.

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