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UA 81/91 - Colombia: possible extrajudicial execution: Alfonso Tique Timote

, Index number: AMR 23/014/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/14/91
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UA 81/91 Possible Extrajudicial Execution 4 March 1991
COLOMBIA: Alfonso TIQUE TIMOTE, indigenous leader
Amnesty International has learned with concern of the killing of Alfonso Tique
Timote, governor of the Indian community of Santa Marta Palmar, municipality
of Coyaima, Tolima department, in circumstances suggesting he may have been
the victim of extrajudicial execution.
According to reports, Alfonso Tique Timote was sitting on his patio at
home with his family when, at 4am on 21 February 1991, three men wearing the
uniform of the Colombian army arrived and shot him six times, killing him
Alfonso Tique Timote was well known for his work on behalf of the Indian
community of Santa Marta and had recently been involved in efforts to try to
regain land which the indigenous community believe is theirs.
Human rights violations against members of Colombia's indigenous communities
have been reported from many areas of the country. Many such abuses occur
in the context of land conflicts. Indigenous people lawfully defending what
they maintain are their land rights have on numerous occasions been arbitrarily
arrested and ill-treated by members of the security forces. In some cases,
measures to force indigenous communities from land have resulted in killings
that appear to have been deliberate and politically motivated. Amnesty
International takes no position on land disputes as such but is concerned about
human rights violations that occur in that context.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern at the killing of indigenous leader Alfonso Tique Timote
by three armed men reportedly wearing Colombian army uniforms;
- urging that there be an immediate and thorough inquiry into his death, the
results of which should be made public;
- urging that all possible measures be taken to protect the lives of Indigenous
community leaders to ensure that they are able to carry out their lawful
Presidente César Gaviria Trujillo
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño
Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Presidente Gaviria, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 286 7324
+ 57 1 287 7937
+ 57 1 283 3066
Dr. Gustavo Arrieta
Procurador General de la Nación
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Arrieta, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 41224 PRGEN CO or 41213 PGNDP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 284 0472
General Oscar Botero Restrepo
Ministro de Defensa Nacional
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Avenida Eldorado - Carrera 52
Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 42411 INPRE CO or 44561 CFAC CO
Faxes: +57 1 222 1874
AA 25916
Consejo Regional Indígena del Tolima (CRIT)
AA 2411
and to diplomatic representatives of Colombia in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 April 1991.

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