EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR/46/20
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" .
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
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 Túpac 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
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