EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/74/93
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
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 Fé 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