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Brazil: The Candelaria massacre and Wagner dos Santos

AI is concerned for the safety of Wagner dos Santos, 22, the only adult witness to testify at the trial of those accused of killing seven street children and one youth in July 1993 in the so-called “Candelaria Massacre”. Based mainly on Wagner dos Santos’s testimony, three military police officers...
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Guatemala: extrajudicial execution / fear for safety: Edwin Americo Orantes Martinez, 17 (killed), Nicolas Cruz, 18 (attempted killing) and other witnesses to the shooting incident

The two youths named above were shot at by a man claiming to be a member of the Direccion de Investigaciones Criminologicas (DIC) of the national police on 23 June 1995. There were among several street youths gathered at 18th Street in Zone 1, Guatemala City. Two of them were allegedly...
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Guatemala: fear for safety / extrajudicial execution: Ruben Garcia Gonzalez, Daniel Rosales, Juan Humberto Ramos Cifuentes, Cecilio Jax, Fidel Solorzano, Victor Manuel Garcia

There are fears for the safety of street children in Guatemala City after a sudden new wave of attacks. According to reports, on 24 September Ruben Garcia Gonzalez and Daniel Rosales were killed and Victor Manuel Garcia was injured when they were fired on by two private policemen. The two policemen...
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Honduras: Children unprotected from abuse

In the first six months since the goverment of President Reina took office in January 1994, AI has received several reports of minors being subjected to arbitrary arrest, sexual abuse or ill-treatment by members of the security forces. This paper describes two such cases. Martha Maria Saire, 11, a...