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UA 517/90 - Honduras: fear of "disappearance": Santiago Serrano Menjivar, Santos Crespin Orellana, Alberto Crespin Orellana

, Index number: AMR 37/009/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 37/09/90
Distr: UA/SC
UA 517 /90 Fear of "Disappearance" 21 December 1990
Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of three
Salvadorians reportedly arrested in Honduras in November.
Santiago Serrano Menjívar, Santos Crespín Orellana and Alberto
Crespín Orellana, tradesmen (comerciantes) from Chaltenango, El
Salvador, were reportedly detained without a judicial arrest warrant
(sin orden judicial) on 12 November 1990 in Valladolid, department of
Lempira by soldiers of the Honduran army. According to neighbours and
relatives in El Salvador, the three men had crossed the border into
Honduras to buy clothes and food for their community.
Witnesses stated that the men were taken the next day to the barracks
of the 7th Military Battalion (7o Batallón de Infantería) in Cucuyagua,
department of Copán. The 7th Battalion has denied holding them. Three
habeas corpus writs were presented on their behalf on 10, 13 and 17
December, with no result to date. The whereabouts of the three men are
currently unknown, leading to fears that they may be killed or
Salvadorians travelling in Honduras or living there as refugees have
for years been targets of arrest, ill-treament and other human rights
violations by the Honduran military and security forces, who suspect
them of activities in support of armed opposition groups in El Salvador
and Honduras.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/airmail letters:
- asking that the whereabouts of Santiago Serrano Menjívar, Santos Crespín
Orellana and Alberto Crespín Orellana be immediately clarified and that
they be given immediate access to relatives and lawyers.
S.E. Rafael Leonardo Callejas
Presidente de la República de Honduras
Casa Presidencial
6a Avenida, 1a calle
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Telexes: 1129 MMRR
Fax: (504) 220802
Telegrams: Presidente Callejas
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Sr. Francisco Cardona
Ministro de Gobernación y Justicia
Ministerio de Gobernación y Justicia
Palacio de los Ministerios, 2o Piso
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Telegrams: Ministro Gobernación y Justicia
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Apartado Postal 1243
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Apartado Postal 1256
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
and to diplomatic representatives of Honduras in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International
Secretariat or your section office if sending appeals after
31 January 1991.

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