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UA 171/93 - Guatemala: possible extrajudicial execution: Mario Jose Colindres

, Index number: AMR 34/029/1993

Mario Jose Colindres, a member of the Association of University Students, leader of the Association of Economic Science, a member of a theatre group from that faculty, and leader of Jornadas Populares, a group organizing medical assistance and consultancies was extrajudicially executed on 23 May 1993 in the department of Santa Rosa. According to information received Mario Jose Colindres was shot dead by two men on his way home from the village of Gabita, Santa Rosa, where he and other members of Jornadas Populares, had given a medical consultancy.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/29/93
Distr: UA/SC
UA 171/93 Possible Extrajudicial Execution 6 February 2015
GUATEMALA: Mario José COLINDRES, student leader
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the apparent extrajudicial
execution of Mario José Colindres on 23 May 1993 in the department of Santa
Rosa.
Mario José Colindres was a member of the Asociación de Estudiantes
Universitarios, Association of University Students, leader of the Asociación
de Ciencias Económicas, Association of Economic Science, as well as a member
of a theatre group from that faculty. He was also a leader of Jornadas Populares,
a group organizing medical assistance and consultancies.
According to information received by Amnesty International, on 23 May Mario
José Colindres and other members of Jornadas Populares went to the village
of Gabita in the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, Viñas, Santa Rosa department,
in order to carry out a medical consultancy, distribute medicines and present
a theatrical work. That evening, on their way home, their van was intercepted
by two men in a pick-up truck, who shot dead Mario José Colindres.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Amnesty International is concerned at the recent increase in human rights
violations against targeted groups, including trade unionists, student leaders,
journalists and those working with non-governmental organizations,
particularly those attempting to investigate and protect human rights. These
groups have been long-term targets of abuses in Guatemala, including harassment,
threats, torture, "disappearances", and extrajudicial executions. Such abuses
have sometimes been preceded by acts of intimidation and surveillance, such
as in this instance.
The announcement by President Jorge Serrano Elías on the morning of 25 May
1993 that he was partially suspending the Constitution, dissolving Congress
and the Supreme Court, as well as reports of the arrest of certain government
human rights officials, gives further cause for concern about possible human
rights violations against the above mentioned targeted groups. As the measures
announced by President Serrano came in the wake of large scale demonstrations
by students, it is feared that students may now be even more vulnerable to
human rights violations.
For information about other students who have recently received threats in
the context of student disturbances please see UA 153/93, AMR 34/26/93, 13
May 1993 and UA 169/93, AMR 34/28/93, 25 May 1993.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in Spanish, English or in your own language:
-expressing grave concern at the apparent extrajudicial execution of Mario
José Colindres, a member of the Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios;
-asking that an investigation be immediately initiated, that the findings be
made public and those responsible brought to justice;
Page 2 of UA 170/93
APPEALS TO
1) President of the Republic:
S.E. Jorge Serrano Elías
Presidente de la República
de Guatemala
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Presidente Serrano, Guatemala, Guatemala
Telephone: (502) (2) 21212, 22266
Faxes: (502) (2) 537472, 519702
Telexes: 5331 CAPRES GU
Salutation: Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente/Dear President
2) Minister of Defence:
Gral. José García Samayoa
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Ministro de Defensa, Guatemala, Guatemala
Faxes: (502) (2) 537472
Telexes: 5361 COMGUA GU
Salutation: Sr. Ministro/Dear Minister
3) Minister of the Interior:
Lic. Francisco Perdomo
Ministro de Gobernación
Ministerio de Gobernación
Palacio Nacional
Guatemala
GUATEMALA
Telegrams: Ministro de Gobernación, Guatemala, Guatemala
Telephone: (502) (2) 21212 ext. 500; 518105-6 (direct)
Telexes: 5085 MINGOB
Salutation: Sr. Ministro/Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Head of the Presidential Coordinating Commission of
the Policies of the Executive relating to Human Rights:
Sr. Bernardo Neumann,Presidente
Comisión Presidencial Coordinadora
de la Política del Ejecutivo en
materia de Derechos Humanos (COPREDEH)
15 Avenida 18-38, Zona 13
Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Association of University Students
Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios
"Oliverio Castañeda de León" (AEU)
Ciudad Universitaria
Zona 12
Guatemala
GUATEMALA
Mewspaper:
Diario "Prensa Libre"
13 Calle 9-31
Zona l, Guatemala
GUATEMALA
and to diplomatic representatives of Guatemala accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 7 July 1993.

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