EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 46/26/91
UA 187/91 Extrajudicial Executions and "Disappearances" 4 June 1991
PERU: Extrajudicial Executions
Juan FLORES VELA 17 April
Dorlis MONTALVAN VARGAS 13 May
Lorenzo VASQUEZ FERNANDEZ "
Romelio RENGIFO DIAZ 13 May
Mauro RENGIFO DIAZ "
Normando RENGIFO DIAZ "
Esther MONTALVAN PINEDO "
Ana MONTALVAN RUCEBA "
Hernán PIZANGO VASQUEZ "
María Etelvina BRAVO PEÑA "
Darwin LAVI RENGIFO "
Nicolás LABAJOS LOPEZ "
Amnesty International is concerned about reports of "disappearances" and extrajudicial
executions in the department of San Martín during the months of April and May 1991.
Eleven people were reportedly detained in the presence of witnesses on 13 May by combined
forces of the army and the Dirección de Operativos Especiales de las Fuerzas Policiales,
(DOES), the special operations unit of the police. Some were reportedly detained in their
homes and others on the street in the district of Habana, Moyobamba province. Nine of
those detained have subsequently "disappeared".
According to reports, the bodies of two of the detainees, Dorlis Montalvan Vargas and Lorenzo
Vásquez Fernández, were subsequently found on 29 May at Puente Río Negro in the city of
Rioja, Moyobamba province. Amnesty International is thus seriously concerned for the safety
of those who have "disappeared".
Another body has been found in Tarapoto province in circumstances which suggest he was
extrajudicially executed. Juan Flores Vela, a teacher from the "El Huaico" area of Tarapoto,
was reportedly detained by members of the army at his home on 17 April. His body was found
a few hours later not far from his home.
All of the above cases have been denounced to the Attorney General and to the Provincial
Prosecutors of Moyobamba and Tarapoto.
These incidents have taken place within the context of an increasing number of reports
of human rights violations occurring in the department of San Martín.
For the last eight years Amnesty International has received numerous reports of incommunicado
and unacknowledged detentions from Peru, some of which have led to "disappearances". Most
of them have occurred in rural areas and have been carried out by uniformed members of
the security forces, who often 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