UA 482/90 - Peru: "disappearance": Juan Camacho Castro, Ruben Camacho Castro, Jesus Donaires Chacon, Margarita Escalante Quintana
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UA 482/90 "Disappearance" 27 November 1990
PERU: Juan CAMACHO CASTRO (aged 19)
Rubén CAMACHO CASTRO (aged 13)
Jesús DONAIRES CHACON (aged 28)
Margarita ESCALANTE QUINTANA (aged 28)
Amnesty International is concerned about the reported
"disappearance" after detention of the above four people, who include
a thirteen-year-old boy.
According to reports, on 12 November 1990 the above four people were
detained by soldiers in the city of Abancay, Apurimac department. The
reports indicate that the detainees were taken to the Abancay army
headquarters (Cuartel de Abancay). When relatives tried to obtain
information on their whereabouts, military authorities refused to
acknowledge the detentions.
Relatives of the above and human rights groups have denounced the
"disappearance" to the Provincial Attorney and to the General Attorney
in Lima respectively.
For the last eight years Amnesty International has received numerous
reports of "disappearances" from Peru. Most of them have occurred in
rural areas and have been preceded by detentions carried out by uniformed
members of the security forces, who 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 they are transferred from military to police custody, when public
prosecutors are informed of them. 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
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 left-wing
political parties and members of peasant communities believed to have
cooperated with the armed forces.
RECOMMENDED ACTIONS: Telexes/Telegrams/air-mail letters:
- expressing concern about the reported "disappearance" after detention
of the four people mentioned above;
- urging that their whereabouts and legal situation be immediately
- urging that while in detention they be humanely treated and given access
to lawyers, doctors and relatives.
Presidente Alberto Fujimori
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Gobierno
Plaza de Armas
Lima 1, Perú
Telegrams: Presidente Fujimori, Lima, Perú
Telexes: 20167 PE PALACIO or 20331 PE SEC PRE
General Jorge Torres Aciego
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa
Lima 33, Perú
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa Torres, Lima, Perú
Telexes: 25438 PE COMGREGJ
Faxes: + 51 14 35 9997
General Adolfo Alvarado Fournier
Ministro del Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Plaza 30 de Agosto 150
San Isidro, Urb Corpac
Lima 27, Perú
Telexes: 21133 PE OCMI
Telegrams: Ministro Interior Alvarado, Lima, Perú
Faxes: +51 14 41 5128
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (COMISEDH)
Apartado Postal 11-0247
Lima 11, Perú (National Commission for Human Rights)
and to diplomatic representatives of Peru in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International
Secretariat or your section office if sending appeals after
8 January 1991.