Peru: Further information on: Community leaders are prisoners of conscience (Wigberto Vasquez Vasquez, Placido Alvarado Campos, Victor Morales Laban, Crisanto Velasquez Flores, Guillermo Granda Rodriguez, Guillermo Oyola Cornejo, Javier Garcia Huaman, Ben
AI is concerned about 11 people who have been charged with terrorism- related crimes but whom AI considers to be prisoners of conscience, detained for their peaceful opposition to the exploitation of San Ignacio forest. In a previous paper, AMR 46/58/92, AI expressed concern about the alleged torture of ten of the men. The men are members of a committee which opposes timber-felling in the forest by INCAFOR S.A. They have been charged with killing two of the company's workers during an attack in June 1992 and also with causing grievous bodily harm. However, extensive documentation exists which indicates that the men did not participate in these incidents. Three of the men face explosives charges which are also believed to be false.
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