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Chile: Further information: Death threats / Fear for Safety: VIVIANA DÍAZ CARO

, Index number: AMR 22/027/1999

On 11 November 1999, Viviana Díaz received another death threat which appears to come from the right wing extremist group Frente Nacionalista Patria y Libertad (FNL), Country and Freedom National Front. Amnesty International is extremely concerned for her safety.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 22/27/99
19 November 1999
Further information on UA 252/99 (AMR 22/23/99, 27 September 1999) and follow-up
(AMR 22/22/99, 7 October 1999) - Death threats / Fear for Safety
CHILEVIVIANA DÍAZ CARO, human rights defender
(Ricardo NUÑEZ, José Antonio VIERA-GALLO, Socialist Party senators and their
families and Dora CARREÑO (f), member of the Agrupación de
Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos)
On 11 November 1999, Viviana Díaz received another death threat which appears
to come from the right wing extremist group Frente Nacionalista Patria y Libertad
(FNL), Country and Freedom National Front. Amnesty International is extremely
concerned for her safety.
The letter was sent to her at the offices in Santiago of the Agrupación de
Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, Association of Relatives of the
‘Disappeared’, the non-governmental organization of which she is president.
It read: “...Sra Díaz, Ud. está en nuestra lista, pero no tenemos apuro...lo
que sí le podemos asegurar es que Ud. no va a morir de vieja....nosotros no
bromeamos, ni tampoco somos impacientes...estamos mucho más cerca de Ud. de
lo que se puede imaginar...que pasé un felíz día de los muertos...la próxima
vez las flores serán para Ud....”, (“...Mrs Díaz, you are on our list, but
we are in no hurry...we can assure you that you won’t die an old lady...we’re
not joking, nor are we impatient...we are much closer to you than you can
imagine...have a nice Day of the Dead...next time the flowers will be for
you...”).
Further information regarding Ricardo Nuñez, José Antonio Viera-Gallo and Dora
Carreño will be relayed to the network as soon as possible.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The FNL is a right-wing extremist group that originated during the early years
of General Augusto Pinochet’s military government of 1973 to 1990.
Since the arrest of the former general in London, United Kingdom, in October
1998, relatives of victims of past human rights violations and human rights
lawyers and activists have been increasingly harassed, including death threats,
by groups close to the former military government.
The Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, which was set up in
the early years of General Pinochet’s military government, have campaigned
for information from the authorities about the whereabouts and fate of their
relatives. Since the end of military rule, government agencies have been set
up to establish the fate of the "disappeared", and 1,000 cases of "disappearance"
have been officially recognized. legal efforts to find the truth, however,
have been hampered by military and civilian courts closing cases under the
Amnesty Law of 1978. The Agrupación have continued to pursue their goal through
national and international legal avenues and peaceful public activities.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or in your own language:
- expressing concern that Viviana Díaz has received another death threat;
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- expressing concern to the authorities that none of the threats against her
have been fully investigated or those responsible brought to justice;
- calling for an immediate investigation into the death threats against her,
asking that the findings are made public and those responsible are brought
to justice;
- urging the authorities to make public their repudiation of all harassment
and intimidation of human rights defenders in Chile and to publically recognize
the important contribution that human rights defenders make to the protection
of human rights and the promotion of just, democratic and equitable societies.
APPEALS TO:
President of the Republic
Señor Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
Presidente de la República de Chile
Palacio de la Moneda
Santiago, Chile
Telegrams:Presidente, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 694 5080
Salutation:Sr. Presidente / Dear President
Minister of Interior
Raúl Troncoso Castillo
Ministro del Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Palacio de la Moneda
Santiago, Chile
Telegrams:Ministro Interior, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 696 8740
Salutation:Sr. Ministro / Dear Minister
Minister of Justice
Sra. Maria Soledad Alvear
Ministra de Justicia
Ministerio de Justicia
Morandé 107
Santiago, Chile
Telegrams:Ministra Justicia, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 695 4558
Salutation:Sra. Ministra / Dear Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Señor Juan Gabriel Valdés Soublette
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Catedral 1158, Piso 3
Santiago, Chile
Telegrams:Ministro Relaciones Exteriores, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 696 8796 / 672 6274
Salutation:Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
Please also write to your own government and to political representatives who
you know to have been following legal proceedings against former General
Pinochet.
COPIES TO:
Newspapers
El Mercurio, Avenida Santa Maria 5542, Casilla 13-D, Santiago, Chile
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Faxes:+ 562 228 7541
Diario La Tercera, Vicuña Mackenna 1870, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 550 7999
Human Rights Organization, Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos,
Desaparecidos, Manuel Rodriguez 33, Santiago, Chile
Faxes:+ 562 698 8609
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 19 December 1999.

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