EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/02/94
UA 20/94 "Disappearance"/Fear for Safety 21 January 1994
GUATEMALA:Lorenzo QUIEJ PU, aged 29, member of the Consejo Nacional de
Desplazados de Guatemala (CONDEG), National Council for the
Displaced of Guatemala
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Lorenzo Quiej Pu following
his "disappearance", on 12 January 1994, from the Primer Asentamiento de
desplazados internos "Mario Antonio Díaz" (First Settlement of Internally
Displaced People), in zone 21 of Guatemala City.
Lorenzo Quiej, reportedly "disappeared" after leaving his home at approximately
6 am, to go to work in zone 7 of Guatemala City. On 15 January, his brother
Miguel Quiej Pu, also a member of CONDEG, presented a formal demand before
a judge for the case to be investigated. Further inquiries made by his family
at the morgue, hospitals, the National Police and the Zone 18 Detention Centre
have been unsuccessful. On 17 January 1994, CONDEG formally denounced the
"disappearance" of Lorenzo Quiej to the Office of the Human Rights Procurator
and asked for an investigation into the case.
Miguel Quiej has been threatened in the past by members of the army following
the "disappearance" of Luis Miguel Solís Pajarito, a CONDEG leader, on 3 May
1990 (see UA 182/90, AMR 34/34/90, 9 May and follow-up AMR 34/39/90, 29 June).
Lorenzo Quiej is married with five children and works as a travelling shoemaker.
CONDEG was founded in September 1989 to defend the rights of displaced
Guatemalans who fled areas of conflict during the army's counter-insurgency
campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Members and leaders of the group
have suffered human rights violations, including "disappearances",
extrajudicial execution, intimidation and harassment. Most recently, Marco
Choco Damas was released after being held in army barracks for several days
(see UA 387/93, AMR 34/79/93, 3 November 1993 and follow-up AMR 34/84/93, 24
November 1993). In September 1993 other CONDEG members and their families were
reportedly subjected to intimidatory acts by two armed men (see UA 322/93,
AMR 34/62/93, 14 September).
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in Spanish, English or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the apparent "disappearance" of Lorenzo Quiej Pu;
- urging the authorities to open an investigation into his whereabouts;
- asking that, if detained, he be promptly brought before a court or else
- asking that if held in detention his safety is guaranteed and that he is
granted access to a lawyer of his choice, a doctor and his relatives.