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Further information on UA 324/91 (AMR 23/55/91, 2 October and follow-up AMR 23/62/91, 23 October) - Colombia: death threats: Eduardo Umana Mendoza

, N° d'index: AMR 23/065/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/65/91
Distr: UA/SC
1 November 1991
Further information on 324/91 (AMR 23/55/91, 2 October 1991) and follow-up
(AMR 23/62/91, 23 October 1991) - Death Threats
COLOMBIA:Eduardo UMANA MENDOZA, Human rights lawyer
Amnesty International is again concerned for the safety of human rights lawyer
Eduardo Umaña Mendoza following renewed threats to his life.
During the past few days anonymous threatening calls have again been received
at his office and private phones warning Dr Umaña his time has run out and
that "he can't hide anywhere, we always know where he is"("No podrá esconderse
en ningún lado, siempre sabemos donde está".)
On first learning of the threats against Dr Umaña at the beginning of
October, the Colombian authorities took steps to safeguard his immediate
physical integrity by assigning him bodyguards. However, no progress appears
to have been made in investigating the source of the threats and bringing those
responsible to justice. Amnesty International is aware of numerous cases in
Colombia where people under threat have been killed despite having been assigned
official protection and the organization remains seriously concerned for Dr
Umaña's safety.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters:
Please renew appeals to the Colombian authorities:
- welcoming the steps taken to protect Dr Umaña, but expressing concern at
renewed threats against his life;
- urging the Colombian authorities to take immediate steps to identify those
responsible for the threats and to bring them to justice;
- urging the Colombian government to take measures to guarantee that human
rights lawyers and workers are able to carry out their lawful activities
without fear of reprisal.
APPEALS TO:
1) President of the Republic:
Señor Presidente César Gaviria Trujillo Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente
Presidente de la República Dear President Gaviria
Palacio de Nariño
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Presidente Gaviria, Bogota, Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 283 3066; + 57 1 286 7324
+ 57 1 287 7937
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2) Minister of Defence:
Dr. Rafael Pardo Rueda Sr. Ministro
Ministro de Defensa Nacional Dear Minister
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Avenida Eldorado - Carrera 52
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Ministro Defensa, Bogota, Colombia
Telexes: 42411 INPRE CO; 44561 CFAC CO
Faxes: +57 1 222 1874
3) Commander, 13th Brigade:
Brigadier General Sr. Brigadier General
Jesús María Vergara Aragón Dear Sir
Comandante de la XIII Brigada
Carrera 7, Calle 100
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Comandante XIII Brigada, Bogota, Colombia
4) Minister of Justice:
Fernando Carillo Sr. Ministro
Ministro de Justicia Dear Minister
Ministerio de Justicia
Carrera 15, No 9-63
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Ministro Justicia, Bogota Colombia
Faxes: + 57 1 288 49 06
4) Procurator General:
Dr. Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla Sr. Procurador General de la Nación
Procurador General de la Nación Dear Dr. Arrieta
Procuraduría General
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Arrieta, Bogota, Colombia
Telexes: 41224 PRGEN CO or 41213 PGNDP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 284 0472
COPIES TO:
Corporación Colectivo de Abogados
AA 44456
Santa Fe de Bogotá (Lawyers' collective)
CINEP
AA 25916
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia (Human rights organiztion)
and to diplomatic representatives of Colombia in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 13 December 1991.

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