Further information on UA: 15/10 Index: AMR 46/004/2011 Peru Date: 01 April 2011
TRADE UNION LEADERS RELEASED PENDING TRIAL
Peruvian trade union leaders Pedro Condori Laurente and Antonio Quispe Tamayo were released
March, pending the outcome of the trial. They had both been detained since 11 January
2011 on unfounded charges. No evidence that they have committed any crime has been
presented and Amnesty International believes they are being charged solely because of their
peaceful human rights work.
Pedro Condori Laurente is the Secretary General of the Casapalca Mine Workers Union. Antonio Quispe Tamayo is
the union's Secretary for Organizations. The two men have been charged with crimes against the public
administration (“delito contra la administración pública”), the use of violence, (“violencia”) and resisting arrest
(“resistencia a la autoridad”).
The charges against both men refer to an incident which took place on 19 July 2010, when a miner was killed
following an accident at the Casapalca mine, Huarochiri province, Lima Department. Both trade union leaders
stayed at the site of the accident to wait for the arrival of a public prosecutor. According to reports, when the public
prosecutor arrived, he attempted to remove the body without having collected any evidence to determine whether
there was any responsibility on the part of the company. Pedro Condori Laurente and Antonio Quispe Tamayo made a
complaint to the public prosecutor and opposed the immediate removal of the body, but no violence was used.
A High Court of Lima (Corte Superior de Lima) revoked the arrest warrant ordered by a Court of Huarochirí in
January, and ordered their conditional release. However, the trial against them continues.
No further appeals from the UA network are required at present. Many thanks to all those who took action.
This is the second update of UA 15/10 Index: AMR 46//2011. For further information see:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR46/002/2010/en and http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR46/001/2011/en
Further information on UA: 15/10 Index: AMR 46/004/2011 Issue Date: 01 April 2011