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Guatemala: The right to know: the case of Efrain Bamaca

, Index number: AMR 34/019/1995

This report is about AI's serious concern at the apparent failure of the authorities fully to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Efrain Bamaca, a leader of the armed opposition who "disappeared" in March 1992. The army said that he died in combat but there are strong indications that he died in custody. Efforts to clarify his fate have been hampered by the military, and senior government officals do not appear to have done everything within their constitutionally-defined responsibilities to assist investigations. Recent attempts to excavate a site at a military base where, it is suggested, Efrain Bamaca is buried, have met with a series of obstacles. Those involved in investigating the case have reportedly been threatened.

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