Press Release Nº
EXHUMATIONS TO START
At 9:35 this morning, the procedures scheduled by the Joint
Work Platform for the Investigation of Mass Graves started
in the area of Sancaypata, located at 1 ½ km away from
the village of Totos.
At 12:30 noon, there was a first recess in the forensic tasks,
after having discovered a bullet casing, bones and some clothing
in the two mass graves named Sancaypata 1 and Sancaypata 2,
where simultaneous procedures by the experts working in the
exhumation of this area were carried out.
Several relatives of the victims presumably to be found at
these mass graves have come to the site of exhumation. From
the hamlet of Cuchuquesera, of the community of Quispillacta,
there came the relatives of 8 victims who were arrested by
Army personnel when coming back from Quispillacta to Pampamarca.
They all talked with the representative of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, Alberto Morote, and presented their demands.
On Sunday, more relatives came and there was a meeting of more
than one hundred people. The next day they met also with a
delegation of ANFASEP.
The Special Prosecutor for Forced Disappearances, Extra-judicial
Executions and… human rights of the Ombudsman’s
Office, Carlos Chipoco, the commissioner Alberto Morote on
behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Pablo Rojas,
representative of the Human Rights National Coordinator were
the ones who started this procedure.
There also participated the Special Prosecutor for Forced Disappearances
of Ayacucho, Dr. Ana Isabel Barreda, the representative of
the Ombudsman’s Office in Ayacucho, Jorge Anaya, and
the coordinator of the Regional Office of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission in Ayacucho, José Coronel.
The forensics experts are headed by anthropologist Luis Fondebride,
co-founder of the Argentinean Team of Forensic Anthropology,
Isabel Reveco, forensic anthropologist of Chilean nationality
and Mercedes Salado, Spanish anthropologist with broad experience
in Guatemala. They are accompanied by experts of the Prosecutor’s
Office and the Commission for Truth.
The day before: Meeting with the authorities and inhabitants
At 4:30, the large group of the Joint Work Platform for the
Investigation of Mass Graves, including the representatives
of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Ombudsman’s Office,
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Human Rights
National Coordinator, had a meeting with the village authorities
of Totos, to whom they explained the reason of their visit
and asked about the expectations of the inhabitants about the
work they are carrying out.
At 6:30 in the afternoon, there was a similar meeting with
the relatives of the victims that were presumably buried in
the graves in the areas of Sancaypata and Ccarpaccsa.
According to preliminary information given by the Ombudsman’s
Office, between May 28 and 31, 1983, fifteen people from the
different hamlets of the peasant community of Quispillacta,
district of Chuschi, province of Cangallo were arrested by
Army’s personnel from the Army base of Totos, because
they allegedly were part of the Shining Path, after an extensive
operation carried out with the support of neighboring communities.
According to testimonies, the Army personnel carried out meetings
with the population and had a list of the inhabitants allegedly
involved with the Shining Path, who were called and separated
from the rest of the population. Others were said to have been
arrested in an arbitrary manner.
Lima August 26th, 2002
Joint Work Platform for the Investigation
of Mass Graves