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Bolivia: Further information on fear of ill-treatment / legal concern and new concerns: illegal detention / death threats

, Index number: AMR 18/003/2000

Amnesty International now fears for the safety of four minors, David Goitia Benito, aged 16; Franz Guzmán, aged 14; Noel Guzmán, aged 12; and Wilfredo Apaza, aged 14, as well as two adults, Edwin Huanca, and Bartolomé Flores, after they were detained (the minors illegally) by security forces and reportedly tortured to coerce them into incriminating community leaders, union leaders or themselves. Although all have now been released the safety of all is still of concern.The organization is also concerned by death threats issued to members of the television network Periodistas Asociados Televisión (PAT), Associated Journalists Television, after they filmed and transmitted the shooting of Hugo Daza (aged 17) who was shot in the face at the time that an army officer fired into the crowd in Cochabamba on 8 April.

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