street kid murdered: OMCT seeks letters to Guatemalan officials

Tom Boland (
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 10:24:42 -0700 (PDT)

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OMCT - The World Organisation Against Torture

Case GTM

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT
intervention of the following situation in Guatemala.

Brief description of the situation:

The International Secretariat of OMCT has just been informed by Casa
Alianza, member of the OMCT network, that Juan Antonio Lopez Rosales,
fifteen years of age, has been shot to death, May 27th 1998, by an
unidentified assailant in Guatemala City. He was taken immediately to
the hospital where he died shortly afterwards.

The assailant also aimed his gun at another street youth, Edwin
Geovany Cortez Yul, sixteen years old, but he managed to get away
without being hurt. There were other witnesses, including Elizardo de
Jesus Rodriguez, Lorenzo Rafael Estrada (13) and Gilberto Guamuch.

According to the information received, the assailant may have been a
private policeman who works in the immediate area of the murder.

The International Secretariat would like to express its grave concern
for the frequency of killings of young people in Guatemala.

Actions requested:
Please write to the Guatemalan authorities urging them to:

i. 	-promote the respect for the rights of the youth and aim to defend

ii.	-carry out a full and impartial investigation into the
assassination of Juan Antonio Lopez Rosales in order to identify those
responsible, bring them to trial and apply the penal, civil and/or
administrative sanctions provided by law;

iii.  -guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental
freedoms throughout country in accordance with national laws and
international standards.


S.E. Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen, Presidente de la Rep=FAblica de Guatemala,
Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, Guatemala. Fax : + 505 221 4537 o
230-1508       E-mail : Sr. Rodolfo
Mendoza, Ministro de Gobernaci=F3n, Ministerio de Gobernaci=F3n, Palacio
Nacional, Guatemala, Guatemala. Fax : + 502 251 5368. Lic. Julio
Eduardo Arango, Procurador de Derechos Humanos, 12 Avenida 12-72, Zona
1, Guatemala, Guatemala. Fax : + 502 2 81734. Lic. Hector Hugo Perez
Aguilar, Fiscal General de la Naci=F3n, Ministerio P=FAblico, 18 Calle
10-36 Zona 1, Guatemala, Guatemala. Fax : + 502 331 7066. Comisi=A2n
Presidencial de Derechos Humanos E-mail:

Geneva, June 4, 1998

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this
appeal in your reply.

The World Organisation Against Torture
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         The World Organisation Against Torture


OMCT - The World Organisation Against Torture is the Worlds largest
network of human rights organisations fighting against all forms of
torture, cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, forced disappearances
summary execution or other more subtle forms of violent repression.

OMCT has consultative status with the UN, The ILO and the
African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

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