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UA 265/92 - Peru: death threats: Magno Sosa Rojas

, Index number: AMR 46/041/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 46/41/92
Distr: UA/SC
UA 265/92 Death Threats 12 August 1992
PERU: Magno SOSA ROJAS, journalist
Amnesty International is concerned for the physical safety of Magno Sosa Rojas, a
journalist for a national daily newspaper in the department of Ayacucho.
The Political-Military Command of Ayacucho department has reportedly issued a public
communique in which it accuses Magno Sosa of "trying to implicate members of the
army in acts which are inconsistent with the task of pacification". The communique
criticises an article published on 3 August 1992, in which the journalist accuses
the armed forces of having abducted teacher Leonidas Chuchón Alvizuri on 24 July
1992.
There are serious fears for the physical safety of Magno Sosa. Since June 1991 he
has received several death threats from a group calling itself the Comando de
Liberación Anti-Terrorista, Anti-Terrorist Liberation Command, a death squad style
paramilitary group. In August 1991 he was detained by the police in the city of
Ayacucho, Huamanga province, Ayacucho department and accused of terrorism. Soon
after his arrest, as a result of an illness brought on by the threats, he was transferred
to the Hospital de Huamanga, where he was held incommunicado under police guard.
On 30 or 31 August he was released due to lack of evidence (see UA 210/91, AMR 46/30/92
of 14 June 1991 and follow-up AMR 46/60/91 of 6 September 1991).
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/ airmail letters
- urging that the physical safety of Magno Sosa Rojas be guaranteed;
- urging the authorities to guarantee the physical safety of all journalists reporting
human rights violations and to ensure that the right to freedom of expression is
respected.
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 Defence:
General EP Victor Malca Villanueva
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa
Avenida Boulevard s/n
Monterrico
Lima 33, PERU
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa Villanueva, Lima, Peru
Telexes: 25438 PE COMGREGJ
Salutation: Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
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3) 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, Peru
Telexes: 21133 PE OCMI/21697
Salutation: Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Association:
Señores
Centro de Estudios y Acción para la Paz
(CEAPAZ)
Costa Rica 150
Jesús María
Lima 11, PERU
and to diplomatic representatives of Peru accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 23 September 1992.

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