EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 46/06/93
UA 76/93 "Disappearance" 17 March 1993
PERU: Rony GUERRA BLANCAS, 23
Milagros Flor TUPAC GONZALEZ (female), 22
Amnesty International is concerned about the reported "disappearance" of Rony
Guerra Blancas and Milagros Flor Tupac González, two student leaders at the
Universidad Nacional del Centro, National University of the Centre. They were
reportedly arrested on 11 and 12 February 1993 respectively in the city of
Huancayo, Junín department, by men dressed in plain clothes, believed to be
linked to the security forces.
According to reports, Rony Guerra Blancas was detained in the presence of
witnesses in a street in Huancayo on 11 February 1993, at about 12.30 pm. The
reports indicate that the perpetrators were three armed men who covered his
face with a pullover and drove him away in a taxi to an unknown destination.
A neighbour of Rony Guerra stated that at midnight on the same day the detainee
was taken to his home by six uniformed men who, after searching the house,
drove him away again.
Milagros Flor Tupac González was reportedly taken away on the 12 February 1993
by some 10 armed men who entered her home in Huancayo. An uncle of the victim
witnessed the incident. The abduction was denounced to the Fiscalía Especial
de Defensoría del Pueblo y Derechos Humanos de Huancayo, Huancayo's Special
Attorney for the Defence of the People and Human Rights.
The parents of both victims denounced the incidents to the Comandancia de la
Policía Nacional del Perú, National Police Headquarters in Huancayo, to the
Jefatura contra el Terrorismo, Regional Headquarters Against Terrorism, and
to the army Cuartel 9 de Diciembre, 9 December Barracks. The head of all three
institutions denied having detained the students. Habeas corpus petitions were
also presented to the examining magistrate in Huancayo on behalf of both
President Alberto Fujimori and his government assumed power on 28 July 1990.
The government inherited a legacy of gross human rights violations dating back
to January 1983, including thousands of cases of "disappearance" and
extrajudicial execution. The President has repeatedly stated that his
government is pursuing a policy of respect for human rights. However, according
to the cases documented by Amnesty International, between 28 July 1990 and
March 1993, some 619 people allegedly "disappeared" after arrest, 481 of whom
remained unaccounted for at the end of the period. A further 55 have been found