EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 53/03/95
UA 59/95 Torture / Fear for safety 7 March 1995
VENEZUELA Juan Vicente PALMERO - killed
Kevys Wilfredo PALMERA (14)
Francisco Javier BELTRAN (17)
José Alirio DANILA
Luis Alberto MACUALO (50), Colombian
Cruz Antonio MARTINEZ (25)
Wilson Manuel FAJARDO ACOSTA (22)
Yonny Alberto SALAZAR BONA (19)
Yunny Javier SALAZAR BONA (18)
Seferino RODRIGUEZ (38), Colombian
Julio Aldemaro ARTAONA (24)
Francisco Ramón HERNANDEZ (21)
José Oracio BUSTAMANTE
Neira Casilda BONA DE SALAZAR (41), female
Allela CORTES CAMACHO (32), female
Luis Carlos NAVARRO BONA, Colombian
Plinio ROMERO MARTINEZ
Régulo Armando OJEDA
Marcos Ramón COLMENARES (43)
Freddy Euclides ROMERO FLORES
Luis Alberto LARA
Carlos José VASQUEZ (45), Colombian
Fears for the safety of 23 people detained by members of the Venezuelan Navy
have been heightened by reports that one of them has been killed and several
others tortured in custody.
The arrests took place between 26 February and 3 March, after eight Venezuelan
soldiers were reportedly ambushed and killed on 26 February by Colombian
guerrillas in the vicinity of Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of the state of
Amazonas. Those detained were taken to various locations where they were
reportedly tortured: the Navy base in Cararabo, the hacienda Agua Dulce de
la Marina and the headquarters of the Comando Ribereño (Riverside Commando)
in Puerto Ayacucho. All the detainees are now being held in Puerto Ayacucho,
although their exact whereabouts are not known to Amnesty International.
Juan Vicente Palmero is believed to have been killed by members of the Infantes
de Marina (Navy Infantry). He was detained together with 14-year-old Kevys
Palmera and Francisco Beltrán on 26 February. Reports indicate that they were
tortured, as a result of which Kevys Palmera's left leg was fractured in three
parts. On 1 March, he and Francisco Beltrán were taken to Puerto Ayacucho.
Other detainees who are reported to have been tortured are Wilson Fajardo,
Jonny Salazar, Yunny Salazar and Seferino Rodriguez. Others reportedly
subjected to ill-treatment are José Danila, Luis Alberto Macualo, Cruz A.
Martínez, Julio Artaona, Francisco Hernández, Luis Navarro, Plinio Romero,
Régulo Ojeda, Marcos Colmenares, Freddy Romero, Luis Lara and Carlos Vásquez.
On 5 March, many of the detainees were seen by a local human rights organization.