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Further information on UA 195/92 (AMR 22/08/92, 11 June) - Chile: death penalty: Juan Domingo Salvo Zuniga

, Index number: AMR 22/016/1992

The Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence against Juan Domingo Salvo Zuniga on 19 October 1992. His case will now be heard by President Patricio Aylwin, who has the power to commute the sentence.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 22/16/92
Distr: UA/SC
22 October 1992
Further information on UA 195/92 (AMR 22/08/92, 11 June 1992) - Death Penalty
CHILE:Juan Domingo SALVO ZúÑIGA, peasant
Amnesty International has learned that on 19 October 1992, the Supreme Court
confirmed the death sentence against Juan Domingo Salvo Zúñiga. His case will
now be heard by President Patricio Aylwin, who has the power to commute the
sentence. President Aylwin recently commuted death sentences against three
Peruvians.
Juan Salvo Zúniga was sentenced to death in April 1992 by the Appeals Court
in the town of La Serena for the murders of Antonia del Carmen Cabrera Gómez
and her three children.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
After taking office in March 1990, the civilian government of President Aylwin
proposed the abolition of the death penalty. In December 1990 this proposal
was rejected by the Senate. In January 1992 the Senate introduced a proposal
for the extension of the death penalty to include the murder of off-duty
carabineros, the uniformed police. In July 1992, the Chamber of Deputies
rejected this extension. The bill is now to be discussed by a mediating body,
the Comisión Mixta, a mixed commission made up of members of both Chambers.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation
of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and
degrading punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- respectfully requesting that President Aylwin exercises his power of clemency
and commutes the death sentence against Juan Salvo Zúñiga;
- stating that Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases
without reservation, on the grounds that it is the ultimate cruel, inhuman
and degrading punishment;
- calling for the total abolition of the death penalty in Chile in line with
the worldwide trend.
APPEALS TO:
President of the Republic Chile:
Sr. Patricio Aylwin Azócar Salutation: Excelencia /
Presidente de la República de Chile Your Excellency
Palacio de la Moneda
Santiago, Chile
Telegrams: Presidente Azocar, Santiago, Chile
Telexes: 240152 segrg cl
Faxes: + 56 2 697 3262
Page 2 of FU 195/92
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1. President of the Senate's Commission on Human Rights, Nationality and
Citizenship:
Sr. Ricardo Martín Díaz
Presidente
Comisión de Derechos Humanos,
Nacionalidad y Ciudadanía
Cámara de Senadores
edificio del Congreso
Valparaíso
Chile
Faxes: + 56 2 232654
2. Committe for the Defense of the Rights of the People:
Sres. CODEPU
Bandera 465, 4
Santiago
Chile
3. Daily newspaper:
Sr. Editor
La Nación
Agustinas 1269
Santiago, Chile
and to diplomatic representatives of Chile accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 December 1992.

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