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Further information on UA 63/92 (AMR 23/10/92, 20 February) - Colombia: death threats: members of Regional Human Rights Committee (CREDHOS) in Barrancabermeja and new names: Jorge Gomez Lizarazo, president of CREDHOS, Nancy Sanchez and Pablo Arenas

, Index number: AMR 23/033/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/33/92
Distr: UA/SC
15 June 1992
Further information on UA 63/92 (AMR 23/10/92, 20 February 1992) - Death Threats
COLOMBIA: Members of Regional Human Rights Committee (CREDHOS) in
Barrancabermeja
New concern: Jorge Gómez LIZARAZO, president of CREDHOS
Nancy SANCHEZ, journalist, female
Pablo ARENAS
Amnesty International continues to be seriously concerned for the safety of members of
the Regional Human Rights Committee, Comité Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos
(CREDHOS) following reports of an armed attack on the vehicles in which members of CREDHOS
were travelling, on 10 June 1992, in Barrancabermeja, Santander department.
According to eye-witnesses, CREDHOS president Jorge Gómez Lizarazo and CREDHOS members
Nancy Sánchez, a journalist, and Pablo Arenas, were travelling together with three others,
Evangelina MARIN and Gilberto CARREÑO, both community workers, and Jorge GALINDO, member
of the General Workers' Union Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) at approximately midday on 10
June in the Barrancabermeja suburb of Antonio Nariño. They had been collecting testimonies
from the relatives of four people killed by unknown gunmen the previous day in the suburb
of Versalles and were returning to Barrancabermeja. The two taxis in which they were
travelling were intercepted by a group of at least six heavily armed men in civilian dress,
who reportedly riddled their vehicles with machine-gun fire for approximately fifteen
seconds. Although the vehicles were seriously damaged in the attack, all the occupants
escaped unhurt.
Following repeated threats against CREDHOS president Jorge Gómez Lizarazo in recent months,
the Colombian government assigned three bodyguards from the Department of State Security,
Departamento Administativo de Seguridad (DAS), to protect him. These bodyguards reportedly
repelled last week's attack on the CREDHOS commission. However, to Amnesty International's
knowledge, no-one was detained in connection with the attack. The Presidential Adviser
on Human Rights, Consejero Presidencial para los Derechos Humanos, has issued a public
statement condemning the attack. In the statement he announces that the Colombian government
would do everything in its power to investigate the attack and ensure that those responsible
be brought to justice, "El gobierno realizará los mayores esfuerzos para que estos hechos
se investiguen y sean sancionados sus responsables".
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
- expressing concern for the safety of all members of the Regional Human Rights Committee
of Barrancabermeja, following a violent attack on the lives of CREDHOS president Jorge
Gómez Lizarazo, Nancy Sánchez and Pablo Arenas;
- welcoming the announcement made by the Presidential Adviser for Human Rights that there
would be an immediate investigation into the attack in order to identify those responsible
and bring them to justice and requesting that you be kept informed as to the progress of
the investigation;
- urging that the Colombian government take all possible measures to protect the lives
of human rights workers to ensure that they are able to carry out their lawful activities
without fear for their lives.
page 2 of FU uA 63/92....
APPEALS TO:
1) President of Colombia:
Señor Presidente César Gaviria Trujillo
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: President Gaviria, Bogotá,
Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 286 3066;
+ 57 1 286 7324;
+ 57 1 287 7937
[Salutation: Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente
/ Dear President Gaviria]
2) Procurator General:
Dr. Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla
Procurador General de la Nación
Procuraduría General
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Arrieta,
Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 41224 PRGEN CO;
41213 PGNDP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 284 0472
[Salutation: Sr. Procurador de la Nación
/ Dear Dr. Arrieta]
3) Minister of Defence
Dr. Rafael Pardo Rueda
Ministro de Defensa Nacional
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Avenida Eldorado - Carrera 52
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Ministro de Defensa Pardo
Rueda, Bogota, Colombia
Telexes: 42411 INPRE CO;
44561 CFAC CO
Faxes:+ 57 1 222 1874
[Salutation: Sr. Ministro/Dear Minister]
4) Commander of the Vth Brigade
Brigadier General Roberto Emilio Cifuentes
Comandante de la V BRigada
Calle 14, Carrera 33
Bucaramanga
Santander
Colombia
Telegrams: Comandante 5-Brigada
Bucaramanga, Colombia
[Salutation: Sr. Brigadier General/Dear
sir]
5) Commander of the National Police
Mayor Comandante Jaime Orozco Gómez
Comandante de la Policía Nacional
Carrera 2, No. 10-03
Barrancabermeja
Santander
Colombia
Telegrams: Comandante Policia Nacional,
Barrancabermaja, Colombia
[Salutation: Sr. Mayor Comandante/Dear
sir]
6) Minister of Justice:
Fernando Carillo
Ministro de Justicia
Ministerio de Justicia
Carrera 15, No 9-63
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Ministro Justicia, Bogotá,
Colombia
Faxes: + 57 1 284 0472
[Salutation: Sr. Ministro/Dear Minister]
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
CREDHOS
AA 505
Barrancabermeja
Santander
Colombia
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 27 July 1992.

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