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UA 414/92 - Brazil: possible extrajudicial execution / fear for physical safety: Carlos Henrique Moreira, Carlos Andre dos Santos, Antonio Carlos de Oliveira, Alexandre Silva Neves, Carlos Henrique de Souza Santos, Marcio Pacheco de Oliveira, Valdeci Rodr

, N° d'index: AMR 19/034/1992

The first six of those named above were killed on 20 December 1992 in Rio de Janeiro; Valdeci Rodrigues was wounded in the incident. AI is concerned for his physical safety. The incident occurred when the above-named youths were playing in the early hours of 20 December in a Shanty town in Sampaio, Rio de Janeiro. A group of armed men surrounded them and forced them to lie down. They shot dead five of them; Marcio Pacheco de Oliveira died later in hospital. Witnesses alleged that the killers wore military police uniforms.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 19/34/92
Distr: UA/SC
UA 414/92 Possible Extrajudicial Execution/
Fear for Physical Safety 23 December 1992
BRAZIL Carlos Henrique MOREIRA (age 14)
Carlos André Dos SANTOS (age 14)
Antônio Carlos DE OLIVEIRA (age 16)
Alexandre SILVA NEVES (age 18)
Carlos Henrique DE SOUZA SANTOS (age 18)
Márcio PACHECO DE OLIVEIRA (age 17)
Valdeci RODRIGUES (fear for physical safety)
Amnesty International is concerned about the possible extrajudicial execution
of Carlos Henrique Moreira, Carlos André dos Santos, Antônio Carlos de Oliveira,
Alexandre Silva Neves, Carlos Henrique De Souza Santos, and Márcio Pacheco
de Oliveira killed on 20 December 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The
organization is also seriously concerned for the physical safety of Valdeci
Rodrigues, wounded in the same incident.
According to the information received by Amnesty International the above
mentioned youths were playing in the early hours of the morning of 20 December
1992 in a shanty town in Sampaio, Rio de Janeiro when they were surrounded
by a group of men who arrived in the shanty town by car. The men forced the
youths to lie down. Five of the youths were then shot dead. A sixth, Márcio
Pacheco de Oliveira, died in hospital from his wounds. A seventh member of
the group, Valdeci Rodrigues, was slightly wounded but managed to escape.
Witnesses allege that the killers wore military police uniforms.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Extrajudicial executions are a common feature of urban Brazil. Most of the
killings are carried out by death squads, often with the participation of
off-duty police officers. There is evidence that local police have given support
to these groups or even participated in their activities. People who have drawn
attention to these activities, publicly denounced them or tried to investigate
them have in a number of cases been victims of threats or extrajudicial
executions. Amnesty International has also received reports of extrajudicial
executions and excessive use of force, including lethal force, by the military
police in several Brazilian states. All crimes involving the military police
are investigated by military police officers and judged by military courts.
Brazilian Human Right lawyers claim that military courts, which since 1977
have judged all cases involving military police on duty, have conferred a high
degree of impunity to military police officers for human rights violations.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail letters
either in Portuguese, English or in your own language:
- demanding a thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of Carlos
Henrique Moreira, Carlos André dos Santos, Antônio Carlos de Oliveira, Alexandre
Silva Neves, Carlos Henrique de Souza Santos, Márcio Pacheco de Oliveira and
the wounding of Valdeci Rodrigues and urging that the culprits be brought to
justice.
- requesting that all necessary steps be taken to protect the physical safety
of Valdeci Rodrigues and other witnesses to the incident.
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APPEALS TO
1) State Governor
Sr.Governador do Estado de Rio de Janeiro
Sr Leonel Brizola
Palacio Guanabara
22.231 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Telegrams: Governador Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Faxes: +5521 285 7490
Salutation: Vossa Excelencia/Your Excellency
2) State Vice-Governor and Police Secretary:
Vice Governador do Estado de Rio de Janiero
Dr Nilo Batista
Rua Barao de Itambi No. 60,4 andar
22.231 Rio de Janiero, RJ, Brasil
Telegrams: Vice Governador,Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Telexes: 021 2135
Faxes: + 5521 240 9159
Salutation: Sr. Secretario/Dear Sir
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Attorney General
Exmo. Sr. Procurador Geral da República
Dr. Aristides Junqueira
Procuraduria Geral da República
Av. L2 Sul Q 603
70.200 Brasilia DF
Brasil
Salutation: Vossa Excelencia/Your Excellency
Centre for the Mobilization of Marginalized Populations
Centro de Articulãção de Populações Marginalizadas (CEAP)
Rua da Lapa No. 200, Sala 809
Centro - Rio de Janeiro
20.021 Rio de Janeiro
Brasil
Newspaper
Jornal do Brasil
Av. Brasil 500
20.940 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
and to diplomatic representatives of Brazil accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 February 1993.

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