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Further information on UA 408/93 (AMR 23/72/93, 18 November) - Colombia: harassment / fear for safety and new concern: death threats: 70 members of ASFADDES and new names: Alexander Isaza, Carmenza Velez, Yolima Quintero, Astrid Manrique and 3 month old b

, N° d'index: AMR 23/074/1993

This action contains further information about the undercover surveillance and intimidation of members of ASFADDES (Asociacion de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Colombia) at their annual conference in Bogota.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/74/93
Distr: UA/SC
26 November 1993
Further information on UA 408/93 (AMR 23/72/93, 18 November 1993) -
Harassment/Fear for Safety and new concern Death Threats.
COLOMBIA:70 members of ASFADDES, at their annual conference in Bogotá
and new names: Alexander ISAZA
Carmenza VELEZ
Yolima QUINTERO
Astrid MANRIQUE and 3 month old baby
José Daniel ALVAREZ
Rosmira CAMACHO and two children (5 and 10 years old)
Amnesty International has received further information about the undercover
surveillance, harassment and intimidation of members of ASFADDES (Ascociación
de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Colombia) at their annual conference
in Bogotá from 13 to 18 November 1993.
Following a formal complaint to the Colombian authorities and others, the Bogotá
Regional Prosecutor (Fiscalía Regional de Bogotá) ordered the police to
intervene to stop the surveillance. At about 6.00 p.m. on 18 November the
police arrived at the Hotel Santa and arrested 4 men, who were subsequently
identified as B-2 army intelligence agents from the "Charry Solano" Battalion.
A camera was confiscated from one of them who reportedly exposed the film
deliberately before handing it over. Reports suggest that there may have been
as many as 30 agents in total conducting the surveillance operation.
The four men, along with 3 members of ASFADDES who had denounced the
surveillance, were taken to a local police station and from there to the Regional
Prosecutor's office. During this time one of the army intelligence agents
threatened the 3 ASFADDES members.
Also present at the arrest of the 4 men was an army captain from the "Charry
Solano" Battalion. Following discussions between the captain and officials
from the Regional Prosecutor's office, the captain was allowed to take charge
of the four men, and they were then taken off in his "custody".
Investigations into misconduct and human rights abuses by the Colombian army
rarely, if ever, come to any conclusion. Only exceptionally are perpetrators
brought to justice; the vast majority of members of the armed forces responsible
for human rights violations remain in active service.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in Spanish, English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of the members of ASFADDES and especially
for the six people listed above who have either directly or indirectly received
implicit death threats from the army intelligence agents;
- urging the authorities to investigate reports of direct threats and
intimidation of members of ASFADDES who denounced the surveillance operation
by B-2 army intelligence agents;
- urging the authorities to continue to investigate the surveillance operation
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by B-2 army intelligence agents from the "Charry Solano" Battalion to identify
who ordered the operation, under what authority and for what reasons it was
carried out;
- urging the authorities to take all possible measures to guarantee the safety
of the members of ASFADDES, and especially the 6 members named above who are
considered to be in special danger.
APPEALS TO:
1) President of Colombia:
Señor Presidente César Gaviria Trujillo
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño
Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: President Gaviria, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 286 7324/7434/287 7937
Salutation:Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente/Dear President Gaviria
2) Procurator General:
Dr. Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla
Procurador General de la Nación
Procuraduría General
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Arrieta, Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 284 0472
Salutation:Sr. Procurador de la Nación / Dear Dr. Arrieta
3) Attorney General:
Dr. Gustavo de Greiff
Fiscal General de la Nación
Fiscalia General de la Nación
Apartado Aéreo 29855
Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams:Fiscal General, Fiscalia General, Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 287 0939
Salutation: Estimado Dr. de Greiff / Dear Dr. de Greiff
4) Minister of Defence:
Dr. Rafael Pardo Rueda
Ministro de Defensa Nacional
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Avenida Eldorado - Carrera 52
Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams:Ministro de Defensa Pardo Rueda
Bogota, Colombia
Telexes:42411 INPRE CO; 44561 CFAC CO
Faxes:+ 57 1 222 1874
Salutation: Sr. Ministro/Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
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1) Association for Relatives of the "Disappeared":
Señores
ASFADDES
AA 011446
Santa Fé de Bogotá
Colombia
2) Advocate for the People:
Dr. Jaime Córdoba Triviño
Defensor del Pueblo
Defensoría del Pueblo
Avenida 39, No. 16-42
Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 232 4640
and to diplomatic representatives of Colombia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 6th January 1994.

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