Closing the Space: Human Rights in Guatemala, May 1987-October 1988

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Human Rights Watch, 1988 - Civil rights - 130 pages
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Page 25 - Peru by two members of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (17-22 June 1985) I. INTRODUCTION 1. Upon the invitation of the Government of Peru, two members of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Mr.
Page 8 - despite all of President Vinicio Cerezo's declared good intentions to maintain control of the human rights situation, a perceptible decline in the observance of human rights occurred immediately after the first months of his government.
Page 117 - Congress that except in extraordinary situations the president should "substantially reduce or terminate security assistance to governments which engage in a consistent pattern of gross violations of human rights.
Page 49 - ... or give up your perverse aims forever, dear communist agitator teacher, because otherwise you and your family will be executed, don't you think it would be better if you stopped playing into the hands of the communists? But be aware that as of this date you have 60 days to take a decision, we invite you to leave the country because before taking action, we have some regard for humanitarian values. LONG LIVE ESA! LONG LIVE MANO BLANCA! Quiche, May 28, 1988 t -.. >•$*:; •*•.:•. \ .'*>"?...
Page 61 - The law establishes that the Human Rights Attorney can act with "absolute independence." He may demand documents, archives, case histories, and computerized information from private citizens or government officials and he is authorized to investigate "any premises or installations, whether privately owned or belonging to the Government, where there is evidence that human rights have been or are being violated * * *". Yet despite the strongly worded legislation, the Human Rights Attorney's office...
Page 13 - Watch knows of only one case in which members of the security forces have been convicted in a human rights case. The overwhelming majority of cases have been completely ignored by the judicial system, to which President Cerezo delegated sole responsibility for human rights enforcement.
Page 49 - Méndez, and we have noted that your activities over the years clearly point in the direction of international communism. Isn't it true that your campesino friends visit you daily, that your communist gringo comrades visit you, we have your entire history, and we are sure that you receive funding from international communism, but be aware that...
Page 62 - Menendez has avoided focusing on violent abuses of human rights — such as the continuing practice of torture and extrajudicial executions by the military ,; — in favor of what can only be viewed as peripheral issues by comparison, such as a hospital workers' strike, the hike in electrical rates, and the confiscation of imported books by army intelligence agents at the Guatemala City airport. Deputy attorneys Angel Alfredo Figueroa and Arturo Martinez '; Galvez were more outspoken during interiews...
Page 6 - disappearance" as a case in which: • there are reasonable grounds to believe that the victim has been taken into custody by the authorities or their agent...
Page 32 - Both men had been tortured . The apparent motive for the crime was retaliation for political organizing activities the victims were carrying out.

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