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UA 290/93 - Peru: fear for safety / legal concern: Jose Barletti Pascuales (includes a correction)

, رقم الوثيقة: AMR 46/031/1993

Jose Barletti Pascuales, leader of the Sindicato Unico de la Educacion del Peru, SUTEP, the Peruvian teacher's union, was detained by the police in Iquitos, Loreto department, on 17 August 1993. When his wife went to the police station with a legal adviser to make inquiries about his arrest, the police initially denied his detention. However, by chance, the legal adviser saw Jose Barletti inside the station and the police were forced to admit to holding him.

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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 JoBarletti 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
telephone call.
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
opposition groups.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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
same period.
Human rights violations occur in the context of the government's counter-insurgency
operations directed against the clandestine armed opposition group Partido Comunista
del Perú, PCP, Communist Party of Peru, and the Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru,
MRTA, Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.
Amnesty International opposes the deliberate and arbitrary killing by the armed
opposition of defenceless civilians not directly involved in the internal conflict,
and of members of the security forces who have laid down their arms and those placed
hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention or any other cause.
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RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
either in Spanish, English or in your own language:
- seeking assurances that José Barletti is being humanely treated in custody and
that he be allowed regular access to his family and lawyers;
- expressing concern that his detention was originally denied by the police;
- urging that either he be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and brought
promptly before a judge or he be released.
APPEALS TO
1) President:
Presidente Alberto Fujimori
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza de Armas
Lima 1, PERU
Telegrams: Presidente Fujimori, Lima, Peru
Telexes: 20167 PE PALACIO
Salutation: Señor Presidente / Dear Mr President
2) Public Ministry's Attorney General:
Dra. Blanca Nélida Colán Maguiña
Fiscal de la Nación
Fiscalía de la Nación
Edificio Torre de Lima, 7 piso
Centro Cívico
Lima, PERU
Telegrams: Fiscal de la Nacion, Lima, Peru
Faxes: + 5114 334457
Salutation: Estimada Señora Fiscal de la Nación / Dear Attorney General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Association:
Señores
APRODEH
Jirón Pachacutec 980
Jesús María
Lima, PERU
and to diplomatic representatives of Peru accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 6 October 1993.

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