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UA 131/92 - Brazil: fear of extrajudicial execution: Mariano Domingos Freire

, N° d'index: AMR 19/009/1992

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 19/09/92
Distr: UA/SC
Please bring this action to the attention of your outreach coordinator, networks
and individuals working on behalf of writers and artists.
UA 131/92 Fear of Extra Judicial Execution 27 April 1992
BRAZIL: Mariano Domingos FREIRE - Poet and community leader
Amnesty International is concerned about the attempt on the life of Mariano
Domingos Freire, poet and community leader, on 10 April 1992 in Matapagipe,
Pernambuco, Brazil.
According to the information recently received by Amnesty International,
Mariano Domingos Freire was shot and wounded in the face by unknown gunmen
near his home in Matapagipe. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Mariano Domingos Freire is a leader of the Associação dos Pequenos Agricultures
de Matapagipe, (Association of Smallholders of Matapagipe). Since 1991, the
Association has been demanding compensation for the loss of their land due
to the construction of an hydroelectric dam in the region. On the day of the
attempt against his life, Mariano Domingos Freire had reportedly attended a
meeting with representatives of the firm in charge of the hydroelectric project
to settle the dispute.
Peasants, members and leaders of rural trade unions and their advisers have
been the targets of death threats, assaults, abductions and killings in the
context of land disputes in rural Brazil. While Amnesty International takes
no position on competing claims in land disputes, it is concerned that gunmen
allegedly acting on behalf of landowners have carried out intimidation and
killings of peasants, their leaders and advisers with a high degree of impunity.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams and telexes:
- expressing concern at the attempted murder of Mariano Domingos Freire, leader
of the Associação dos Pequenos Agricultures de Matapagipe (Association of
Smallholders of Matapagipe);
- urging that an immediate and effective inquiry be carried out into the shooting
of Mariano Domingos Freire and that those responsible be brought to justice;
- requesting that immediate steps be taken to ensure the safety of Mariano
Domingos Freire.
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1. State Governor:
Exmo. Sr. Governador do Estado de Pernambuco
Sr Joaquim Francisco de Freitas Cavalcante
Palácio Campo das Princesas
Praça da Republica
50.000 Recife, PE, Brazil
Telegrams: Governador Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Telexes: 811029 gopebr
(Salutation: Vossa Excelência / Your Excellency)
2. State Secretary of Public Security:
Sr Secretário de Segurança Pública
Sr Tito Aureliano
Rua Aurora No. 487, Bõa Bista
50.000 Recife, PE, Brazil
Telegrams: Secretário Segurança Publica, Recife-PE, Brazil
(Salutation: Sr. Secretário / Dear Sir)
Attorney General's Office
Procuraduria Geral da República
Av. L2 Sul Q 603
70.200 Brasilia, DF, Brazil
Legal Assistance Office for Grassroots Organizations
Gabinete de Assessoria Jurídica
As Organizações Populares
Rua Vinte e Sete de Janeiro 181
53.110 Olinda, PE, Brazil
and to diplomatic representatives of Brazil in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat or
your section office, if sending appeals after 8 June 1992.

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