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UA 105/91 - peru: torture / fear of harassment: Juan Apolinario Gonzalez

, Index number: AMR 46/012/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 46/12/91
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UA 105/91 Torture/Fear of Harrasment 19 March 1991
PERU: Juan Apolinario GONZALEZ, aged 37
Amnesty Intenational is concerned at reports that trade union leader Juan
Apolinario González was subject to torture while in detention at a police
station.
According to reports, Juan Apolinario González was detained on 10 March
1991 by members of the security police in Paramonga, one of the neighbourhoods
of the city of Lima. He was reportedly forced inside a police vehicle and beaten,
and was told that he was to be charged with breaking the windscreen. He was
then transferred to the headquarters of the Security Police where he is reported
to have undergone further beatings, had his head submerged in water, and
electricity applied to his body in an attempt to obtain a confession as to
his responsibility for the breaking of the police vehicle's windscreen. On
11 March he was reportedly transferred to the headquarters of the Policía
Técnica, the investigative police, where he underwent an official medical
examination prior to being released on 12 March.
Juan Apolinario Gonzáles denounced the torture to the Fiscal Provincial Mixto
de Barranca, the Provincial Prosecutor of Barranca and on 14 March 1991 he
presented a complaint to the Fiscal Supremo en Derechos Humanos y Defensoría
del Pueblo, Human Rights Attorney General and People's Defender.
Peruvian trade unions and human rights organizations are concerned that because
of his denunciation and his complaint about his treatment Juan Apolinario
González may become a victim of harassment by the police.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Juan Apolinario González is a trade union leader at the paper factory Sociedad
Paramonga, in Lima, which has been on strike since the end of February.
Amnesty International has received frequent reports of trade union
leaders being imprisoned and subjected to torture for political reasons. In
most of the cases the people are released for lack of evidence, but remain
in very poor physical condition as a result of injuries consistent with having
been tortured. In many of the cases received by Amnesty International trade
union leaders are warned not to denounce their treatment at the hands of the
security services. Amnesty International is concerned that Juan Apolinario
González may be rearrested and subjected to further ill-treatment.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS; Telexes/Telegrams/Faxes/Airmail letters:
- expressing concern about the reported torture that trade union leader Juan
Apolinario González was subjected to by the Security Police;
- asking that a thorough and impartial investigation into the torture
allegations be immediately initiated, the findings be made public, and those
responsible be brought to justice;
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- asking for guarantees for his physical safety.
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APPEALS TO
Presidente Alberto Fujimori
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza de Armas
Lima 1, Perú
Telegrams: Presidente Fujimori, Lima, Perú
Telexes: 20167 PE PALACIO or 20331 PE SEC PRE
Faxes: + 51 14 33 7020
General Adolfo Alvarado Fournier
Ministro del Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Plaza 30 de Agosto 150
San Isidro, Urb Corpac
Lima 27, Perú
Faxes: + 51 14 41 5128
Telexes: 21133 PE OCMI
Telegrams: Ministro Interior Alvarado, Lima, Perú
Dr Juan Méndez Jurado
Fiscal General de la Nación
Fiscalía General de la Nación
Edificio Torre de Lima, 7 Piso
Centro Cívico
Lima, Perú
Telegrams; Fiscal General Mendez, Lima, Perú
Telexes: 20055 PE MINPUBL
COPIES TO:
Señores
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH)
Avenida Abancay 210
Of 1102
Lima, Perú (Human Rights Association)
Faxes: + 51 14 32 69 15
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after
30 April 1991.

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