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Further information on UA 342/93 (AMR 19/31/93, 29 September) - Brazil: torture / fear of "disappearance": Osorio Barbosa de Barros (previously known only as Osorio)

, N° d'index: AMR 19/032/1993

Following inquiries to police authorities in the state of Para, Osorio Barbosa de Barros has been located in the town of Curionopolis. He has confirmed that he was detained by police from 8 to 12 September, and that during that time he was beaten and tortured. There was apparently never any arrest warrant for him and police officials have confirmed that he was questioned as a witness in a case under investigation and not as a suspect.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 19/32/93
Distr: UA/SC
1 October 1993
Further information on UA 342/93 (AMR 19/31/93, 29 September 1993) -
Torture/Fear of "disappearance"
BRAZIL: Osório Barbosa de Barros, rural worker
(previously known only as Osório)
Following inquiries made by Amnesty International directly to police
authorities in the state of Pará, Osório Barbosa de Barros has been located
in the town of Curionópolis in the south of the state.
Osório Barbosa de Barros has confirmed that he was detained by police on 8
September and taken to the police station of Xínguara where he was held until
12 September. He has confirmed that during his detention he was taken out
of the police station several times to identify suspects and was beaten and
tortured. On 12 September he was taken by members of the Political and Social
Order Police, Departamento de Ordem Politico e Social, (DOPs) to the police
station of Curionópolis. He was held there for a further night and day and
then released on 13 September. According to Osório Barbosa de Barros, he has
been unable to work in the 18 days since his release because his body is still
considerably affected by the beatings and torture he received in custody. He
has said: "Meu corpo está totalmente quebrado" ("My body is totally broken").
He is trying to make arrangements to be examined by a doctor to verify his
injuries.
There was apparently never any arrest warrant for Osório Barbosa de Barros,
and police officials confirmed by telephone to Amnesty International that he
was questioned as a witness in the case under investigation and not as a suspect.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in Portuguese, English or your own language:
- Expressing concern at the arbitrary detention from 8-13 September of Osório
Barbosa de Barros, and allegations that he was beaten and tortured in order
to compell him to act as a witness to crimes being investigated in the south
of Pará state;
- Requesting an inquiry into the treatment of Osório Barbosa de Barros and
into other allegations of illegal detentions and ill-treatment of suspects
by members of civil and military police and of the Departamento de Ordem Politico
e Social, (DOPs); and that all those found responsible for human rights
violations be punished according to the law;
- Urging the authorities to remind all members of the police forces that the
Constitution prohibits detention without a judicial order, unless the person
is aprehended in flagrante delictu, and categorically prohibits torture or
inhuman and degrading treatment.
APPEALS TO:
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1. State Secretary of Public Security
Sr Secretário de Segurança Pública do Estado do Pará
Sr Alcides Alcântara
Rua 28 de Setembro 339
66.020 Belém, PA, Brazil
Faxes: +55 91 225 2644
Telegrams: Secretario Segurança Pública, Belem, Brazil
Telexes: 911100 SSPB PR
Salutation: Sr. Secretário/ Mr Secretary
2. State Governor of Pará
Exmo Sr Jader Barbalho
Governador do Estado do Pará
Av. Augusto Monte Negro/ KM 09
66.823-010 Belém, PA, Brazil
Telegrams: Governador Pará, Belem, Brazil
Telexes: 911012 GOPA HR or 916978 GOPA BR
Faxes: +55 91 222 3910
Salutation: Vossa Excelência/ Your Excellency
3. Minister of Justice
Exmo Sr Mauricio Corrêa
Ministro da Justiça
Ministério de Justiça
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco 23
70.064 Brasília DF, Brazil
Telegrams: Ministro da Justiça, Brasília, Brazil
Faxes: +55 61 224 4357
Telexes: 611003 MNJU BR, 611088 MNJU BR
Salutation: Vossa Excelência/ Your Excellency
4. State Attorney General
Exmo Dra. Edith Marilia Crespo
Procuradora Geral de Justiça do Estado do Pará
Procuradoria Geral de Justiça dos Estado do Pará
66.000 Belém, PA, Brazil
Faxes: +55 91 224 7198
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1. Attorney General's Office
Dr Alvaro Ribeiro da Costa
SECODID
Procuradoria Geral da República
Ed Sede PGR
Avenida L2 Sul, SG AS 603, Lote 23
Brasília DF, Brazil
2. Local lawyer
Frei Henri de Rosiers
Paroquia Nossa Senhora Aparecida
Av 04 no 357
Caixa Postal 07
68.530 Rio Maria, PA, Brazil
and to diplomatic representatives of Brazil accredited to your country.
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PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 12 November 1993.

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