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UA 189/93 - Peru: death threat / fear of extrajudicial execution: Juan Guerra Cruz

, Index number: AMR 46/020/1993

Juan Guerra, a journalist for Radio Vecinal in Piura, was reportedly detained by police on 2 June 1993. His detention is believed to be linked to denunciations of the police he made on his radio programme. He has allegedly been previously threatened with death by members of the police for his radio reports about police brutality. AI is concerned for his safety in detention.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR/46/20
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UA 189/93 Death Threat/Fear of Extrajudicial Execution 14 June 1993
PERU Juan GUERRA CRUZ, journalist
Amnesty International fears for the life of radio-journalist Juan Guerra Cruz
who is based in the city of Piura, capital of Piura department.
According to reports, Juan Guerra, a journalist for Radio Vecinal, a radio
station in Piura, was detained by members of the police on 2 June 1993. Shortly
before his detention Juan Guerra had declared publicly that the police had
threatened to kill him for his radio reports about police brutality in Piura.
Juan Guerra's detention is believed to be linked to these denunciations made
by him on his programme "Qué Pasa en la Ciudad" .
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
President Alberto Fujimori and his government assumed power on 28 July 1990.
The government inherited a legacy of gross human rights violations dating back
to January 1998, including thousands of cases of "disappearance" and
extrajudicial execution.
The President has repeatedly stated that his government is pursuing a policy
of respect for human rights. However, since President Fujimori assumed power,
Amnesty International has documented the cases of 607 persons who were
"disappeared", of whom by the end of April 1993, 560 remained unaccounted for
and 47 were found dead. The organization has also documented 228 cases of
extrajudicial execution during the same period.
Human rights violations occur in the context of the government's
counter-insurgency operations directed against the clandestine Partido
Comunista del Perú, PCP, Communist Party of Peru, and the Movimiento
Revolucionario pac Amaru, MRTA, Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. Amnesty
International opposes the deliberate and arbitrary killing by the armed
opposition of defenceless civilians not directly involved in the internal
conflict, and of members of the security forces who have laid down their arms
and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention or any other
cause.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes and airmail letters either
in Spanish, English or your own language:
- urging the government to guarantee the physical safety of journalist Juan
Guerra Cruz;
- urging the Public Minister to conduct a prompt, thorough and independent
investigation into allegations that Juan Guerra Cruz was threatened with death
by the police, and to bring to justice those found responsible;
- urging President Alberto Fujimori to issue a directive to the security forces
to the effect that the authorities will not tolerate death threats;
- urging that, unless charged with a recognizably criminal offence Juan Guerra
Cruz be released.
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APPEALS TO:
1) President:
Presidente Alberto Fujimori
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza de Armas
Lima 1, PERU
Telegrams: Presidente Fujimori, Lima, Peru
Telexes: 20167 PE PALACIO
Salutation: Señor Presidente/Dear President
2) Minister of the Interior:
General EP Juan Briones Dávila
Ministro del Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Plaza 30 de Agosto 150
San Isidro
Urb. Córpac
Lima 27, PERU
Telegrams: Ministro Interior Briones, Lima, Perú
Télexes: 21133 PE OCMI/21697
Salutation: Señor Ministro/ Dear Minister
3) Public Ministry's Attorney General
Dra. Blanca Nélida Colán Maguiño
Fiscal de la Nación
Fiscalía de la Nación
Edificio Torre de Lima, 7 piso
Centro Cívico
Lima, PERU
Salutation: Dear Dra. Colán
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Organization
Señores
Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos
Túpac Amaru 2467
Lince
Lima 14, PERU
and to diplomatic representative of Peru accredited to your country. The World
Conference on Human Rights is being held in Austria this month and you can
enhance the power of your appeals by also sending copies to the diplomatic
representative of Peru in Austria during June at the following address:
Peruvian Embassy:
The Ambassador
Botschaft der Republik Peru
Gottfried-Keller-Gasse 2/8. Stock
1030 Wien, AUSTRIA
Faxes: 712 77 04
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 26th July 1993.

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