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UA 290/93 Fear for safety/Legal concern 25 August 1993
PERU: José BARLETTI PASCUALES, teacher
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety in detention of José Barletti
Pascuales, leader of the Sindicato Unico de la Educación del Perú, SUTEP, the Peruvian
teacher's union, and long time member of one of the legal left-wing political parties.
His detention was reportedly initially denied by the police and so the organization
is concerned for his safety while in custody.
José Barletti was detained by the police in Iquitos, Loreto department on 17 August
1993. When his wife learnt that he had been arrested she went to the town's police
station with a legal adviser and some friends to obtain information on her husband's
legal situation. Initially the police denied that they were holding him. However,
just by chance, the legal adviser saw José Barletti inside the police station and
was therefore able to force the authorities to admit that they were holding him.
On 20 August, in the presence of the investigating judge, José Barletti's wife was
allowed to meet with her husband. According to reports, he told her that shortly
before his detention, he had received a telephone call from a colleague who said
he was under a death threat from the MRTA (one of the Peruvian armed opposition groups)
and asked him for an immediate meeting to see what support the teachers' union, SUTEP,
could provide. When José Barletti turned up for the meeting he was arrested by the
police. His friend had been detained by the police and forced them to make the
Once the police had arrested José Barletti, they searched his house but found no
incriminating evidence against him.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, José Barletti has on numerous
occasions made public statements against the atrocities carried out by the armed
President Alberto Fujimori and his government assumed power on 28 July 1990. The
government inherited a legacy of gross human rights violations dating back to January
1988, including thousands of cases of "disappearances" and extrajudicial executions.
The President has repeatedly stated that his government is pursuing a policy of respect
for human rights. However, since President Fujimori assumed power, Amnesty
International has documented the cases of 607 persons who were "disappeared". The
organization also has documented 228 cases of extrajudicial executions during the