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UA 310/91 - Peru: extrajudicial execution / "disappearances": Sara Luz Mozambite Quinones, Jeronimo Villar Salome, Camilo Alarcon Espinoza, Jules Tarazona Juipen, Alvaro Hachigui Izquierdo, Daniel Huaman Amacifuen

, Index number: AMR 46/062/1991

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UA 310/91 Extrajudicial Execution/"Disappearances" 19 September 1991
PERU
Sara Luz MOZAMBITE QUIÑONES, aged 19
Jerónimo VILLAR SALOME, aged 44
Camilo ALARCÓN ESPINOZA
Jules TARAZONA JUIPEN, aged 21
Alvaro HACHIGUI IZQUIERDO, aged 27
Daniel HUAMAN AMACIFUEN, aged 22
Amnesty International is concerned about the killing of Sara Luz Mozambite
Quiñones in circumstances suggesting her extrajudicial execution and the
"disappearance" of Jerónimo Villar Salomé, Jules Tarazona Juipen, Alvaro
Hachigui Izquierdo and Daniel Huamán Amacifuen, all of them following detention
by members of the army stationed at the Aucayacu military base, Leoncio Prado
province, department of Huánuco (accent on a). The detentions are said to have
taken place on different days in August and September 1991.
According to reports, on the morning of 8 August 1991 Sara Luz Mozambite
Quiñones and Camilo Alarcón Espinoza, were detained at the Sangapilla
cross-roads in Aucayacu. Several people witnessed the detentions. They were
apparently then taken to the Aucayacu military base. On 13 August the decapitated
head of Sara Luz Mozambite was found on a sandbank on the river Huallaga and
the following day her body was located downstream. Camilo Alarcón's clothes
were found in the river on 13 August but his whereabouts and fate are not known.
On the night of 16 August 1991 Jerónimo Villar Salomé, father of five
children, was reportedly detained at the Sangapilla cross-roads, Aucayacu,
when leaving a meeting without his identity documents. According to witnesses
he was taken to the Cuartel de la Base Militar del Proyecto Alto Huallaga,
military base of the Alto Huallaga Project. Amnesty International has not been
able to establish whether this base is also known as the Aucayacu military
base. His detention has been denounced by relatives to the fiscal provincial
(provincial prosecutor) of Leoncio Prado.
Jules Tarazona Juipen was reportedly detained on 22 August on the carretera
marginal, high road.
On 6 September Alvaro Hachigui Izquierdo, father of three children, was
reportedly detained at 3 pm when leaving a meeting that took place in the Consejo
Municipal de Aucayacu, the Aucayacu town hall. On the night of 7 September
Daniel Huamán Amacifuen was reportedly detained two blocks away from the town
hall. All the victims, with the exception of Jerónimo Villar Salomé were said
to have been taken to the military base in Aucayacu. Relatives of all
six detainees failed to obtain acknowledgment of their detention from the
military authorities.
On 18 September the killing and "disappearances" were denounced to the
Fiscalía de la Nación, (Office of the Attoreny General in the Public Ministry),
the Minister of Defence and the Political Military Commander responsible for
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the Huánuco emergency zone.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
For almost nine years Amnesty International has received numerous reports of
unacknowledged detentions from Peru, some of which have led to "disappearances".
Most of them have occurred in rural areas and have been carried out by uniformed
members of the security forces, who often refuse to acknowledge the detentions.
Many of those detained by the armed forces "disappear" indefinitely; others
are released after days or weeks in secret custody, during which time they
may be subjected to torture. Sometimes their detention is acknowledged, after
prolonged secret detention and interrogation. In these cases detentions are
only acknowledged to have occurred as of the date the detainees are transferred
from military to police custody, when public prosecutors are informed of the
detention. The armed forces as a rule never acknowledge having held prisoners
prior to their transfer to the police. This is a major contributing factor
to the continuing practice of torture and "disappearance".
Human rights violations take place in a context of increasingly violent
activities by armed opposition groups, especially "Sendero Luminoso", which
has claimed responsibility for hundreds of execution-style killings of
government officials, leaders of right and left-wing political parties and
members of peasant communities believed to have cooperated with the armed
forces.
Reports received from the area indicate that Sendero Luminoso, the main
armed opposition group, had been active in this area since June 1991. On 1
September 1991, several soldiers and an officer died as a result of an ambush
laid by Sendero Luminoso.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters:
- urging that a full and impartial judicial investigation be initiated into
the detention of Sara Luz Mozambite Quiñones and into her death, and that the
results be made public;
- expressing concern about the reported "disappearances" of Camilo Alarcón
Espinoza, Jerónimo Villar Salomé, Jules Tarazona Juipen, Alvaro Hachigui
Izquierdo and Daniel Huamán Amacifuen after detention by soldiers from the
Aucayacu military base;
- urging that they be humanely treated and given access to relatives, a lawyer
and a doctor;
- urging that they be brought before a tribunal and charged with a recognizable
criminal offence or released;
- urging that access be given to a public prosecutor to the military base of
Aucayacu.
APPEALS TO:
Presidente Alberto Fujimori Señor Presidente
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza de Armas
3
Lima 1, Perú
Telegrams: Presidente Fujimori, Lima, Peru
Telexes: 20167 PE PALACIO
General EP Jorge Torres Aciego Señor Ministro
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa
Avenida Boulevard
Monterrico
Lima 33, Perú
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa Torres, Lima, Perú
Telexes: 25438 PE COMGREGJ
Embajador Fernando Guillén Salas Señor Embajador
Subsecretario de Política Multilateral
Subsecretaría de Política Multilateral
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Jr. Ucayali 363
Lima 1, Peru
Telegrams: Sr Subsecretario, Ministerio Relaciones
Exteriores, Lima, Peru
Telexes: 20142/20165/20467 (Attn: Sr Subsecretario)
25435 PE ESTADO
COPIES TO:
Señores
CEAPAZ (human rights organization)
Apdo. 11-0764
Lima 11, Perú
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat
or your section office if sending appeals after 31 October 1991.

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