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Further information on UA 387/94 (AMR 23/83/94, 27 October) - Colombia: fear for safety: Luis Guillermo Perez Casas, Katia Karina Nino Vanegas, his wife

, N° d'index: AMR 23/086/1994

AI remains concerned about the safety of human rights lawyer Luis Guillermo Perez and his family, who have been subjected to further intimidation. The escort with which he and his family had been provided after an expression of international concern about former acts of intimidation did not arrive on 8 November 1994. That morning, Luis Guillermo Perez and his wife were followed to his office by a motorcycle. Another motorcycle followed Katia Karina Nino Vanegas to her son's school. She was also followed later in the day by individuals on motorcycles. AI is calling for concrete measures to be taken to protect their lives.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 23/86/94
Distr: UA/SC
11 November 1994
Further information on UA 387/94 (AMR 23/83/94, 27 October 1994) - Fear for
Safety
COLOMBIA Luis Guillermo PÉREZ CASAS, human rights lawyer
Katia Karina NIÑO VANEGAS, his wife
Human rights lawyer Luis Guillermo Pérez and his family have again been subjected
to intimidation. Amnesty International reiterates its concern for their safety.
On 27 October 1994, Amnesty International expressed concern for Luis Guillermo
Pérez and human rights lawyer Pedro Mahecha following a series of intimidatory
incidents. Luis Guillermo Pérez reported that he and his family were being
followed by unidentified individuals on an unmarked motorcycle.
Both men are members of the Lawyers' Collective, "La Corporación Colectivo
de Abogados" (CCA), which is working on numerous high-profile cases of human
rights violations in which members of the security forces are implicated.
In the course of his work, Luis Guillermo Pérez has singled out members of
the security forces responsible for human rights violations and has represented
political prisoners. He is currently representing several prisoners accused
of being guerrilla leaders. The CCA states that they have met many times with
government authorities to discuss concerns about their own safety and have
presented practical suggestions for measures which would offer them more
protection.
Following the expression of international concern, Luis Guillermo Pérez was
provided with an escort, escolta, by the state security service "Departamento
Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS)", whose responsibilities were limited to
escorting Luis Guillermo Pérez to work in the morning and his wife and son
to his son's school. None of the requested measures for the protection of the
other members of the CCA were provided.
On 8 November, Luis Guillermo Pérez's escort did not arrive. That morning,
he and his wife were followed to his office by two men on a black motorcycle
with the license plate YNI-33. When their tail realized that they had been
noticed, they increased the intimidation, drawing up alongside the vehicle
and staring through the passenger window at Katia Karina Niño Vanegas. After
dropping off Luis Guillermo Pérez, another motorcycle with license plate number
OD-168 followed Katia Karina Niño Vanegas to her son's school. She was also
followed later in the day by unknown individuals on unmarked motorcycles.
Since last year, Luis Guillermo Pérez has denounced on numerous occasions the
surveillance and harassment he has suffered at the hands of the security forces
and the fact that his telephone has been tapped.
The intensification of harassment suffered by Luis Guillermo Pérez and his
family, coincidental with the failure of the DAS escort to arrive, strongly
suggests that the security forces are indeed responsible for the harassment
and surveillance to which Luis Guillermo rez and his family have been subject.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in Spanish or in your own language:
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- expressing concern for the safety of Luis Guillermo Pérez Casas, a human
rights lawyer working for the lawyers collective "Corporación Colectivo de
Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCA)", and his family following reports that
they are still being intimidated;
- urging that these reports be investigated, the results made public and those
responsible brought to justice;
- urging that concrete measures, deemed appropriate to those concerned, be
taken to protect the lives of those working for the CCA and their families
in line with the commitment made by President Samper to ensure the safety of
human rights workers.
APPEALS TO
1) President of Colombia:
Señor Presidente Ernesto Samper Pizano
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: President Samper Pizano, Bogotá, Colombia
Telexes: 44281 PALP CO
Faxes: + 57 1 286 7434/287 7939/284 7186
Salutation: Excelentísimo Sr. Presidente/Dear President Samper
2) Procurator General:
Dr. Orlando Vásquez Velásquez
Procurador General de la Nación
Procuraduría General
Edificio Banco Ganadero
Carrera 5, No. 15-80
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams: Procurador General Vásquez, Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 342 9723/281 7531
Salutation:Sr. Procurador de la Nación/Dear Dr. Vásquez
3) Attorney General
Dr. Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento
Fiscal General de la Nación
Fiscalia General de la Nación
Apartado Aéreo 29855
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams:Fiscal General Valdievieso, Fiscalia General, Bogotá, Colombia
Faxes:+ 57 1 288 2828/211 6678
Salutation: Estimado Valdivieso/Dear Dr. Valdivieso
4) Advocate for the People:
Dr. Jaime Córdoba Triviño
Defensor del Pueblo
Defensoría del Pueblo
Calle 35 No. 7-25 piso 5
Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Telegrams:Defensor del Pueblo Trivino, Defensoria del Pueblo,
Bogota, Colombia
Salutation: Estimado Dr Triviño/Dear Dr. Triviño
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
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Lawyers' Association:
Corporación Colectivo de Abogados
AA 44456
Santa Fé de Bogotá
Colombia
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 23 December 1994.

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