CENSURA N.3 - APRILE 1997
SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FROM
GERMANY FOR MRTA PRISONERS
The relatives of the prisoners from the
Since December 16, 1996, political prisoners
from the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) in Miguel Castro Castro
Prison in Peru have been on an unlimited hunger strike.
We, relatives of the RAF prisoners in Germany,
support the demands of these prisoners:
- an end to isolation detention and the discriminatory treatment handed
down against C. Victor Polay Campos and other MRTA leaders, and for these
people to be shown in public so that their condition may be seen, and
that they be transferred to civilian prisons;
- the immediate repeal of Anti-Terror Law Nr. 25475, which mandates "faceless"
civilian and military judges and super-fast trials with no right to a
- the immediate repeal of the special detention conditions, which are
in violation of recognized national and international fundamental human
rights, and for international humanitarian norms to be adhered to;
- for humane treatment of prisoners, and improved prison conditions (access
to defense counsel, better food, health care, and jobs).
We know what the political prisoners in
Peru are experiencing. We know that their lives are in danger, that back
in 1986 hundreds of political prisoners were murdered in a single day,
and that under the Fujimori government the prison conditions for political
prisoners have become increasingly brutal.
Victor Polay Campos, like other political
prisoners, is jailed in a prison located within a navy base, and his cell
is 8m underground. He is kept in total isolation 24 hours a day. Some
prisons in Peru are located at elevations of 3,000 or 4,000 metres, where
prisoners are kept in cells with no heat and no glass over the windows.
Even in the summer, the temperature in these places never goes above 12-15
degrees Celsius. Usually, temperatures are below zero.
Prisoners' food is contaminated with rat feces and other garbage; there
is no medical treatment for prisoners; visits total just 30 minutes every
We fear for the lives of the political
prisoners in Peru. Many are seriously ill, and some have already died
from the inhumane prison conditions.
From our experience in the struggle for the lives and freedom of our family
members, the prisoners from the RAF, we know what it's like to be confronted
with a state that seeks to destroy the identities and lives of the prisoners.
We feel for the prisoners and their families. We know that the only adequate
demand for the lives of the prisoners is that they be set free.
That is also the goal of the guerrilla commando of the MRTA which has
taken over the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
We, the family members of the RAF prisoners,
support the demand:
Freedom for all MRTA prisoners, and all those accused of membership in
Freedom For All Political Prisoners Across The World!
January 10, 1997
The relatives of the prisoners from
Arm The Spirit P.O. Box 6326, Stn. A Toronto,
Ontario M5W 1P7 Canada
MRTA Solidarity Page: http://burn.ucsd.edu/~ats/mrta.htm
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