EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 28/02/93
16 February 1993
Further information on UA 23/93 (AMR 28/01/93, 29 January 1993) - Death
ECUADOR: José Ignacio CHAUVIN, 17
Amnesty International remains seriously concerned for the safety of José Ignacio
Chauvin. According to reports, an attempt has been made on his life and he
has once again been picked up and beaten by members of the police.
According to reports, on 9 February 1993 a deliberate attempt was made to run
José Ignacio Chauvin over with a vehicle. One of the men in the vehicle was
recognized as one of those who took part in torturing José Ignacio Chauvin
in January 1993. On 10 February, the police attempted to arrest José Ignacio
Chauvin while he was participating in the weekly public vigil over the
"disappearance" of the Restrepo brothers. They were unsuccessful. On 14 February
he was picked up by members of the police. They placed a hood over his head,
handcuffed him and took him by car to a police building. He was handcuffed
to a chair and beaten on the face and stomach. The chair was then knocked over
and he was beaten on the soles of his feet. He was then blindfolded and released
near El Ejido park, in Quito, the capital.
Amnesty International is concerned at the failure of the authorities to provide
effective guarantees for the safety of José Ignacio Chauvin, in spite of the
organization having already brought its concerns to the government's attention.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/airmail letters in
Spanish, English or your own language:
- expressing concern that 17-year-old José Ignacio Chauvin continues to be
harrassed and was picked up and beaten by members of the security forces on
14 February 1993;
- expressing concern that he was similarly abused in January 1993;
- urging for a full and independent inquiry into these incidents, that the
findings be made public and those responsible be brought to justice;
- expressing concern that although abuses against José Ignacio Chauvin have
been brought to the government's attention they have failed to guarantee his
- urging the authorities to now take immediate steps to guarentee his safety.