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Ecuador: Ill-treatment / fear of physical reprisals

, N° d'index: AMR 28/001/1997

Lincoln Polit, Luis Lavalle, Francisco Sanchez, Roberto Agustin Garcia, Jaime Martinez, Arturo Bermudez, and other prisoners in the Garcia Moreno Prison, Quito: There is concern for the safety of prisoners held in the Penal Garcia Moreno, Quito, following the reported ill-treatment of the above-named inmates on the night of 17 March 1997. According to a report of the Human Rights Ecumenic Commission (CEDHU), they were assaulted by several hooded members of the National Police after they had initiated a peaceful hunger strike and there is concern that they may face further reprisals.

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