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29 April 2002

Further information on UA 62/02 issued 27 February 2002 and re-

issued 27 March 2002 and 6 March 2002


Fear for safety/ Possible 'disappearance'



Jose Antonio Perez (m) ] Ecopetrol employees

Hernando Silva Cely (m) ]

Other members of the Oil Workers' Union (USO) and Ecopetrol

workers, Department of Casanare



Gilberto Torres Martinez (m) - trade union leader


Trade union leader Gilberto Torres Martinez, was released on 7 April

in the region of the Llanos Orientales of Colombia, near Monterrey,

Casanare department. He was met by a humanitarian delegation

which reportedly included members of the International Red Cross as

well as members of other international and church non-governmental

organisations (NGOs).


Gilberto Torres Martinez had been abducted on 25 February by

members of the army-backed paramilitary group Autodefensas

Campesinas del Casanare (ACC), Peasant Self-Defence Forces of



During his captivity, members of the Oil Workers' Union (USO) and

Ecopetrol workers, had asked national and international human rights

organizations, to press the Colombian government to name a

humanitarian delegation to mediate with the ACC for his release.


There is no further information on the whereabouts of oil workers

Jose Antonio Perez and Hernando Silva Cely, who were abducted by

unidentified gunmen on 25 March.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to

arrive as quickly as possible:

- urging the authorities to order an independent, impartial and

conclusive investigation into the abduction of Gilberto Torres Martinez

who was released on 7 April;

- urging them to take immediate action to ensure that Jose Antonio

Perez and Hernando Siva Cely are released unharmed,

- expressing concern for the safety of USO trade union activists and

Ecopetrol employees in Casanare and throughout the country;

- asking the authorities what measures, deemed appropriate by those

under threat themselves, they are going to take to guarantee the

safety of those at risk.




President of Colombia

Senor Presidente Andres Pastrana

Presidente de la Republica

Palacio de Narino

Carrera 8 No. 7-26

Santafe de Bogota, COLOMBIA

Telegram: President Pastrana, Bogota, Colombia

Telex: 396 44281 PALP CO

Fax: 011 57 1 566 2071

Salutation: Dear President Pastrana / Excelentisimo Sr.

Presidente Pastrana


Minister of the 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 (if someone answers say 'me da

tono de fax por favor')

Salutation: Dear Sir / Sr. Ministro


Governor of the Department of Casanare

Sr. William Hernin Perez Espinel

Gobernador del Departamento de Casanare

Gobernacion de Casanare

Yopal, Casanare, COLOMBIA

Telegrams: Gobernador del Departamento de Casanare,

Casanare, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 8 755 8662

Salutation: Dear Governor Perez Espinel / Estimado Sr. Gobernador

Perez Espinel


National Advocate for the people

Sr. Eduardo Cifuentes Munoz,

Defensor del Pueblo, Defensoria del Pueblo,

Calle 55, No. 10-32/46 office 301,

Santafe de Bogota, COLOMBIA

Telegram: National Advocate, Bogota, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 1 640 0491

Salutation: Dear Mr. Cifuentes Munoz / Estimado Sr. Cifuentes





CUT, Nacional

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia

Trade Union Confederation

Calle 35 N0 7-25, Piso 9

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 June 10, 2002.


Urgent Action Network

Amnesty International USA

PO Box 1270

Nederland CO 80466-1270

Email: uan@aiusa.org


Phone: 303 258 1170

Fax: 303 258 7881