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El Salvador: Further information on death threats: Dr Francisco Carrillo, director, and other members of FUNDASIDA; and new names: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios, President of Entre Amigos and other members of this group

AI has learned that the gay men’s group Entre Amigos received three death threats by telephone on 6 July 1995 from the anti-homosexual death squad La Sombra Negra, saying that they were going to come to their next meeting and kill everybody. Wilfredo Valencia Palacios, president of Entre Amigos and...
Americas Children

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...
Americas Children

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...