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20 September 2002

Fear for safety/Death threats



Agustin Jimenez Cuello (m)

Flor Munera (f)

and other members of the Comite de Solidaridad con los Presos

Politicos (CSPP), Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee



Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of Agustin

Jimenez Cuello and Flor Munera, members of the non-governmental

human rights organization Comite de Solidaridad con los Presos

Politicos (CSPP), Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee in Bogota,

following recent death threats made against them.


On 15 September Agustin Jimenez, president of the CSPP, was at a

baseball game in Bogota when he received a call on his mobile.

Agustin Jimenez asked the caller to identify himself; he received the

response: 'Te estamos esperando donde Flor, para darte piso' ('we

are with Flor, waiting to bury you'). This was followed by laughter.

Agustin asked the man to identify himself again; he was concerned

that the message might have been for someone else. He was then

told in a threatening tone; 'Asi ahora no sabes quien te habla, perro

Hijo de Puta te vamos a dar es piso' ('You don't know who you are

talking to now, you son of a bitch, we are going to bury you').


At the time of the call Flor Munera, treasurer of the organization was

in fact in the CSPP office. Concerns for her safety were raised by

Agustin Jimenez and other colleges.


In the past, both Flor Munera and Agustin Jimenez have been

followed and harassed by individuals who have later been identified

as participants in attacks against trade unionists and human rights



The seriousness of threats that other members of the CSPP have

received in the past has prompted the Inter-American Commission on

Human Rights to urge the Colombian government for special

protection measures for all CSPP members.



The CSPP is an internationally respected non-governmental human

rights organization which works for the legal defence of political

prisoners and the promotion and protection of civil and political rights.

CSPP workers have previously suffered serious human rights

violations at the hands of paramilitary groups.


Human rights organizations, particularly those seeking to uphold the

legal rights of people accused of 'subversion', are frequently labelled

as guerrilla collaborators or supporters by the security forces and

their paramilitary allies. These organizations are thus presented as

legitimate targets in the counter-insurgency war. Such accusations

are often followed by serious human rights violations such as

'disappearances', murders or torture, committed by army-backed

paramilitary groups, and also by soldiers. Armed opposition groups

have also been responsible for threats against and killings of human

rights defenders.


RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly

as possible:

- urging the Colombian authorities to take immediate and effective

action to protect Agustin Jimenez Cuello and Flor Munera and other

members of the Comite de Solidaridad con los Presos Politicos


- asking them also to take immediate and effective action to ensure

that members of the CSPP can carry out their legitimate and

important work for the defence of human rights in safety;

- reminding the authorities of their obligations to human rights

defenders, as laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Right

and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to

Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and

Fundamental Freedoms, the Human Rights Defenders in the

Americas resolution of the Organization of American States and in

repeated recommendations made to them by the United Nations;

- urging the government to issue a public statement recognizing the

legitimacy of work for respect of the human rights of the civilian

population affected by the armed conflict;

- urging the authorities to take immediate action to dismantle

paramilitary groups, in line with repeated United Nations




Vice-President of the Republic of Colombia:

Vicepresidente de la Republica de Colombia

Dr. Francisco Santos Calderon


Carrera 8A No 5-57

Santafe de Bogota


Telegrams: Vice-Presidente Santos, Bogota, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 1 334 1138

Salutation : Excelentisimo Sr. Vicepresidente/ Dear Vice-President


Attorney General:

Dr. Luis Camilo Osorio,

Fiscal General de la Nacion, Fiscalia General de la Nacion,

Diagonal 22B 52-01 (Ciudad Salite),

Santafe de Bogota


Telegram: Fiscal General, Bogota, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 1 570 2022 / 2017 (if someone answers say 'me da

tono de fax por favor')

Salutation: Dear Dr. Osorio / Estimado Dr. Osorio


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


Telegram: National Advocate, Bogota, Colombia

Fax: 011 57 1 640 0491

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



Non-governmental human rights organization:

Fundacion Comite de Solidaridad con los Presos Politicos

AA 22803

Santafe de Bogota



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 November 2, 2002.


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