MLWA - Peru: Santosa Layme Bejar
Santosa Layme Bejar is a community health care worker who was arrested on 26 February 1994 in the shanty town of San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima. She has been accused of collaborating with the clandestine armed opposition group, Communist Party of Peru (PCP). It is believed that the charges are groundless and Amnesty International has adopted her as a prisoner of conscience. She has publicly denounced the aims and methods of the PCP on a number of occasions and a few months prior to her detention had been threatened by the PCP with death if she did not provide them with food from the Vaso de Leche programme in San Juan de Lurigancho. Information has been received suggesting that she was falsely named by a PCP member as a collaborator. She is currently held in Chorrillos High Security Prison for Women in Lima.