EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/39/92
UA 270/92 Ill-treatment/Harassment 20 August 1992
GUATEMALA: David Lara, street youth
Olindo Orellana, street youth
Evelyn Marisol del Cid Lima (female), worker with Casa Alianza
Francisco Hugo del Cid Jacobo
Hugo del Cid Lima
Jaime Salvador Crispín Urias, street youth
José Alfredo Cornejo ("Cabellón"), street youth
Marco Tulio Silvestre, worker with Casa Alianza
Amnesty International is concerned at the reported ill-treatment of youngsters
involved in the programs of Casa Alianza (Covenant House), an organization working
with street children in Guatemala. Amnesty International is also concerned at recent
incidents of intimidation against staff working with Casa Alianza. The following
incidents are all reported to have taken place in Guatemala City, the capital.
On 16 August 1992, David Lara and Olindo Orellana, both aged 19 and residents of
the Casa Alianza group home for older youths, were reportedly leaving the home when
three men in plain clothes approached them. The men reportedly identified themselves
as police but did not show any identification. They reportedly handcuffed the
youngsters, forced them into a car and beat them. The youths were later released.
In a separate incident, on 15 August, Casa Alianza worker Evelyn Marisol del Cid
Lima was walking with her father Francisco Hugo del Cid Jacobo and her brother Hugo
del Cid Lima in Zone 13 when a car with dark tinted windows drove by at high speed.
The occupants of the car reportedly fired in the direction of the three people but
no one was hurt.
On 14 August, 23-year-old Jaime Salvador Crispín Urias, a Casa Alianza resident,
was reportedly approached by an unidentified armed man and forced into a car with
dark tinted windows in Zone 7. He and another man in the car reportedly beat the
youth several times on his face and head with their pistols. He was reportedly freed
three hours later in Zone 1.
Three days earlier on 11 August, according to reports, street youth José Alfredo
Cornejo ("Cabellón") and Casa Alianza counsellor Marco Tulio Silvestre were followed
and stopped in the street by two men in plain clothes who reportedly identified
themselves as policemen but did not show any identification. The men accused José
Cornejo of being a thief and questioned both insistently on their activities. The
men threatened to take them both to the National Police headquarters but finally
agreed to let the two go. José Alfredo Cornejo has reported being constantly followed
and kept under surveillance. He was a member of the so-called "18 street gang",
four of whose members were extrajudicially executed in 1990 and a further one in