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
Further information regarding Ricardo Nuñez, José Antonio Viera-Gallo and Dora
Carreño will be relayed to the network as soon as possible.
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;