15 February 2002


UA 52/02 Fear for safety



William Enrique Camelo Vega (m),

Luz Edelmira Rodriguez Reina (f),

Marleny Coronado (f),

Camilo Ernesto Moreno (m),

Edgar Pena (m),

Victoria Valencia (f),

Libardo Mochola (m),

Fredy Pedraza (m),

Hector Fabio Duque (m),

Eliodoro Pardo (m),

Gonzalo Garcia (m),

And other members of Asociacion de ocupantes de hecho de la

Reliquia (ASPROVIVIR), in La Reliquia camp, city of Villavicencio,

Meta Department



Luis Castro (m)



Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of the

ASPROVIVIR members mentioned above, following the appearance

of their names on a 'death list' circulated in the city of Villavicencio,

Meta Department, on 6 February by unknown individuals. According

to reports, since then many of them have received death threats by

telephone and Luis Castro whose name was also on the list has been



Luis Castro was fatally shot by two unidentified gunmen on at 7.30pm

on 5 February. He had been an active member of ASPROVIVIR and

had been lobbying the Human Rights Unit of the Sectional Attorney

General's Office to investigate the murder of Evert Encizo Sandoval,

member of the Comite de Impulso de la Asamblea por la Paz del

Meta, Meta Peace Assembly Pressure Group Meta, who was killed in

August 2001. Two other people named on the list, Marley Coronado

and Luz Edelmira Rodriguez, are also witnesses in the investigation.


Human Rights Defenders in Villavicencio, Meta Department have also

received death threats. In the last few days three human rights

defenders were forced to flee the area in fear for their safety.




La Reliquia is a camp of approximately 3500 internally displaced

families in the city of Villavicencio. Displaced communities frequently

suffer serious human rights violations at the hands of the security

forces and their paramilitary allies, who try to silence them and

prevent them from bringing their plight to international attention. In

October 2000, paramilitary forces reportedly killed at least four

displaced people, who had sought shelter in Villavicencio (UA 325/00

issued 25 October 2000). In August 2001 the displaced community in

La Reliquia camp was shaken when six of its members were killed in

several attacks. Evert Encizo Sandoval, whose case is still pending

investigation, was one of the victims. Forcibly displaced people are

often labeled as guerrilla sympathizers or collaborators, thereby

providing the security forces and their paramilitary allies with an

excuse for targeting them. Organizations working with the displaced

communities have also been targeted.


RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly

as possible:

- expressing concern for the safety of the ASPROVIVIR members

named above, and other displaced people sheltering in Villavicencio,

especially those at the La Reliquia camp;

- urging the authorities to taking all steps deemed appropriate by

those under threat to guarantee their safety;

- calling for a full and impartial investigation into death threats against

ASPROVIVIR members and for the results to be made public;

- calling for a full and impartial investigation into links between the

security forces and paramilitary groups operating in the department of

Meta, urging that the results are made public, and that those

responsible for supporting and participating in such groups are

brought to justice;

- urging the authorities to take immediate and decisive action to

combat and dismantle paramilitary groups, in line with repeated

government commitments and United Nations recommendations;

- urging the Colombian government to adhere to its obligations

regarding human rights defenders, as laid out in the UN Declaration

on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of

Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human

Rights and Fundamental Freedoms adopted on 9 December 1998,

the Organization of American States Human Rights Defenders in the

Americas resolution adopted on 7 June 1999 [AG/RES. 1671 (XXIX-

O/99)] and in line with repeated recommendations made by the UN to

the Colombian government to take measures to guarantee the safety

of human rights defenders.





President of the Republic:

Senor Presidente Andres Pastrana

Presidente de la Republica

Palacio de Narino

Carrera 8 No. 7-26

Santafe de Bogota, Colombia

Telegrams: President Pastrana, Bogota, Colombia

Telex: 396 44281 PALP CO

Fax: 011 57 1 566 20 71

Salutation: Excelentisimo Sr. Presidente/Dear President


Minister of Interior:

Dr. Armando Estrada Villa,

Ministro del Interior

Ministerio del Interior,

Palacio Echeverry

Carrera 8a, No.8-09, piso 2o.,

Santafe de Bogota, Colombia

Telegram: Ministro Interior, Bogota, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 1 562 5298/ 562 9890 / 286 0053 / 566 2477 /

566 3214

Salutation: Dear Sir / Sr. Ministro


Governor of Meta Department:

Luis Carlos Torres Rueda,

Gobernador del Departamento del Meta

Gobernacion del Meta,

Carrera 33 No. 38-45,

Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia

Telegrams: Gobernador Meta, Villavicencio, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 986 625424

Salutation: Dear Governor / Sr. Gobernador



National Advocate for the People:

Sr. Eduardo Cifuentes

Defensor del Pueblo

Defensoria del Pueblo

Calle 55, No. 10-32/46

Santafe de Bogota, Colombia


UN High Commissioner for Refugees:

Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para Refugiados (ACNUR)

Calle 114 No.9-01 Edificio Teleport Torre A Oficina 601

Santafe de Bogota, Colombia


Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno

Embassy of Colombia

2118 Leroy Pl. NW

Washington DC 20008

Fax: 1 202 232 8643


Please send appeals immediately. Check with the Colorado office

between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Mountain Time, weekdays only, if

sending appeals after March 29, 2002.


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