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Venezuela: Further information on fear of torture: Isabelino Bustamante, aged 60 (corrected age) and new names: Jose Hernandez, aged 27, Miguel Angel Guerrero, aged 55, Francisco Lara, aged 51, Martin Alvarez, aged 54, Juan Gomez, aged 47, Rodolfo Alvarez

, Index number: AMR 53/010/1995

AI has received detailed reports of the torture of the 19 people named above (originally thought to have been about 20). All have now been released from detention. The 19 had been arrested in Guasdualito, Apure State, by the Judicial Technical Police, between the 8 and 27 July 1995 (not all on 19 July, as previously reported).

EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 53/10/95
15 September 1995
Further information on UA 176/95 (AMR 53/09/95, 19 July 1995) - Fear of Torture
VENEZUELA Isabelino Bustamante, aged 60 (corrected age)
and new names: José Hernández, aged 27
Miguel Angel Guerrero, aged 55
Francisco Lara, aged 51
Martín Alavarez, aged 54
Juan Gómez, aged 47
Rodolfo Alvarez, aged 22
Antonio Domínguez, aged 61
Justo Pereira, aged 65
Trina Díaz (f), aged 58
José Ballona, aged 40
Alvaro Ballona, aged 29
Guillermo López, aged 48
Ana de López (f), aged 49
Mirian López (f), aged 17
Judith Baldoyo (f), aged 24
Octavio Sabogal, aged 34
Luis Arguello, aged 39
Marcos Sánchez, aged 60
Amnesty International has received detailed reports of the torture of the 19
people named above (originally thought to have been 20). All have now been
released from detention. The 19 had been arrested in Guasdualito, Apure State,
by the Polícia Técnica Judicial (PTJ), Judicial Technical Police, between the
8 and 27 July 1995 (not all on the 19 July, as previously reported).
The detainees have been interviewed and examined by medical personnel from
the well-known Caracas-based non-governmental organization, Red de Apoyo por
la Justicía y la Paz, Support Network for Peace and Justice. All were reportedly
suffering from various post-traumatic symptoms, both psychological and
physical. The detainees have described the various torture methods and threats
that were used against them. They also stated that, while in detention, they
were forced into signing statements that they had not been tortured, and they
had been denied medical care before and after their torture.
The official forensic doctor of Guasdualito is said to have stated in a report
to the government that the detainees were in perfect physical condition, and
the state attorney (Fiscal) of Guasdualito has also apparently stated that
the detainees were not tortured. However, one of the detainees alleges that
he asked the prosecutor to intervene to stop the torture, but when she (the
state attorney) communicated this to the authorities, the detainee in question
was subjected to further torture.
To Amnesty International's knowledge, no investigation has been initiated into
the detainees' allegations of torture and the subsequent medical confirmation
of these allegations by the medical personnel of Red de Apoyo.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in Spanish or in your own language:
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- expressing serious concern at the allegations of torture of 19 detainees
arrested by the Polícia Técnica Judicial between the 8 and 27 July 1995, which
have been confirmed by independent medical examinations;
- expressing serious concern at the allegation that one of the detainees was
tortured a second time, apparently as punishment for having asked the state
attorney to intervene to stop the torture;
- expressing concern that the official government forensic report is said to
have claimed that the detainees were in good health, which is contrary to
convincing evidence (including independent medical documentation) that the
detainees were tortured;
- urging a thorough and impartial investigation into these allegations and
for any official found responsible to be brought to justice; asking to be kept
informed of the outcome of these investigations;
- calling for the 19 to be granted appropriate compensation and medical care
as required.
Appeals from doctors would be welcome.
APPEALS TO:
1) Minister of Interior
Dr. Ramón Escovar Salom
Ministro de Relaciones Interiores
Ministerio de Relaciones Interiores
Carmelitas a Santa Capilla
Caracas, Venezuela
Telegrams: Ministro Interior, Caracas, Venezuela
Telexes: 26429 EXTER VC
Salutation: Señor Ministro / Dear Minister
2) Attorney General
Dr. Iván Darío Badell
Fiscal General de la República
La Candelaria, Caracas, Venezuela
Telegrams: Ministro del Interior, Caracas, Venezuela
Telexes: 24787 EXTER VC
Faxes: + 582 564 7461
Salutation: Señor Fiscal General / Dear Attorney General
3) Minister of Defence
General Orozco Graterol
Ministro de Defensa
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Fuerte Tiuna, Conejo Blanco
El Valle,
Caracas, Venezuela
Telegrams: Ministro de Defensa, Caracas, Venezuela
Faxes: + 582 662 8829
Salutation: Señor Ministro de Defensa, Caracas, Venezuela
COPIES TO:
Human rights group
Sres.
Red de Apoyo
Apartado 17.476
3
Parque Central
Caracas, 1015-A
Venezuela
Faxes: + 58 2 574 1949 / 8005
and to diplomatic representatives of Venezuela accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 1 November 1995

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