Call to Create an International
Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Dr Abimael Guzmán
On September 12th Dr Abimael Guzmán, known as Chairman Gonzalo of the
Communist Party of Peru, was captured by the Fujimori regime of Lima, with the
full assistance of the U.S.'s notorious counter-insurgency machine.
There is every reason to fear for the life of Dr Abimael Guzmán at the
hands of one of the world's bloodiest governments. The Peruvian state has repeatedly
murdered its political prisoners, from the hundreds killed at the El Fronton
massacre of 1986 to the 40 women and men gunned down in cold blood at Canto Grande
prison in May of this year. The Peruvian Constitution has been suspended, and
Fujimori is threatening to impose the death penalty on Dr Abimael Guzmán.
This must not be allowed to happen.
No knowledgeable and truthful observer of Peru, regardless of their political
beliefs, can deny that Dr Abimael Guzmán is the recognized leader of millions
of peasants, workers, students, intellectuals and others of various walks of life
in Peru. In no way can the twelve year long war he has been leading be dismissed
as "acts of terroism". In no way can Dr Guzmán be denied the stature of a
captured leader of a revolutionary party and army. Dr Abimael Guzmán merits
the broad international support that all imprisoned opponents of imperialism and
reactionary regimes have always benefitted from. He should be allowed access to
lawyers, journalists and doctors to ensure his health.
It is urgent that many voices be heard to demand that the Peruvian state respect
the international conventions concerning the treatment of political prisoners.
That a military tribunal cannot be legally competent. That the life of Dr
Abimael Guzmán be saved.
This list is necessarily
incomplete as the IEC reports that they are receiving hundreds
of names and word of thousands more from many countries; due to
the emergency nature of this campaign there are also bound to
be errors and perhaps even important oversights, and we apologize
for these. Please note that in most cases it is the individuals
and not the organizations they are a part of who have signed the
call. - AWTW
Absar, revolutionary singer, Bangladesh
political prisoner on death row, U.S.
Adhikari, medical office at Tribhuvan University Teaching
poet, vice-president of Iraqi Democratic Association, Britain
Iranian film director
sculptress, head of Iraqi Democratic Association, Britain
Amatya, President, National Teachers Association, Nepal
author of When Women Rebel, U.S.
Publisher & Editor in Chief of Caribbean Globe newspaper,
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Salvadoran poet, Paris, France
Aybar, General Secretary, Socialist Revolution Party,
member Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal, 1966, Turkey
Professor of Political Science, University of Istanbul, Turkey
author of Abortion Without Apology, University of Hawaii Women's
ex-President of Iran
Parsa Benab, Iranian lecturer, Strayer College, U.S.
Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Labour Party, Britain
Bhattarai, architect/designer, Nepal
past President, Women Speak Out (Cleveland branch of Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom), U.S.
President, Nepal Journalist Association, Nepal
Blanchet-Parodi, lawyer, Paris, France (member of First
International Delegation to Peru)
Boutterin, President, Alumni Association of the School
of Journalism and Communications of Marseilles, France
Boyle, Professor of International Law, University of
Illinois, Champaign, U.S.
Chairman, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, London, Britain
Federated Teachers Union of Victoria, Australia
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church, San Franciso, U.S.
Federal Representative, Mexico
former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
Executive Director, Peace Campaign, Seattle, U.S.
Professor of African American Studies, University of California,
Clancy, Professor of Philosophy, Sorbonne, Paris, France
former Attorney General of the U.S.
Director, Whitney Museum Independent Studies, New York, U.S.
Martiniquan lawyer, France
historian, director of the magazine Giano, Italy
Dr Drew Cottle,
Lecturer in History, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Cox, lawyer, National Conference of Black Lawyers, News
Dimensions, Washington D.C., U.S.
de Santi, Coordinator of International FORUM U.N.O. of
the Peoples, Italy (member of Second International Delegation
Professor of Philosophy and writer, Paris, France
Devan, Convenor, Yuva Kerala Munnani, India
Dhaubhadel, professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Senior Advocate, ex-President, Nepal Bar Association
Member of Parliament (HEP Party), Turkey
national spokesman, Revolutionary Communist Party USA
Mohawk citizen, New York, U.S.
Dubla, historian, Italy
H.F. Duncan, Vicar, Saint John's Church, North Woolwich,
lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Service Ltd., Canberra, Australia
Women's Studies, Australian National University
Haitian activist, VEYEYO, Miami, U.S.
Gerassi, author of The Great Fear in Latin America, U.S.
Carpenters Local 107, Massachusetts, independent candidate for
Ruis, researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico
revolutionary political prisioner sentenced to death under British
rule, later released, India
Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Labour Party, Britain
lawyer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Mr and Mrs
H. Groswami, musicians, Tower-Hamlet Sanatown Association,
Hadfield, Professor of Zoology, University of Hawaii,
Iranian former political prisoner and writer
President, Organization to Uphold the Martyr Revolutionaries and
Dr Masud Hasan,
Vice-president, Central Students Union, Jahangirnagar University,
Dr A. Hassanpour,
University of Windsor, Canada
General Secretary, Jatiyo Jubo Jote (National Youth Organization),
musician, The Pretenders, Britain
Iyer, Justice (retired) of the Supreme Court of India
Director, Asian Studies Department, Toynbee Hall, Britain
General Secretary of 1968 Institute, Turkey
lawyer, prison rights activist, Michigan, U.S.
coordinator, Free South Africa Movement, Ohio, U.S.
Secretary, UK Consolidation, Workers Party of Bangladesh
Khatiwada, human rights activist, ex-President, National
Teachers Association, Nepal
South African exile, producer "Africa Report," WBAI
Radio, New York, U.S.
Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, U.S.
author of Columbus: His Enterprise, Exploding the Myth, U.S.
B. Kshetri, Economist, Member of National Development
Johnson, musician, Britain
Haitian recording artist, "The voice of those without voice",
Chair, Human Rights Organization, Istanbul, Turkey
former Chief Justice of the Australian State Territory
Maina Wa Kinyatti,
former Kenyan political prisoner, U.S.
M.D., Member, Board of Directors of Physicians for Social
lawyer, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City, U.S.
Guadeloupan lawyer, France
Delia La Torre, father- and mother-in-law of Dr Abimael
Guzmán, in exile for 12 years
Valle, Member of Parliament, Italy
Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter,
G.I. resister to Gulf War, U.S.
Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, U.S.
author of America in Decline, U.S.
Lucas, priest, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York,
author of Black Priest, White Church, U.S.
Magar, Lecturer, General Secretary, Nepal Federation
of Nationalities, Nepal
General Secretary, Yuva Kala Sahiti, Kerala, India
Q.C., Defence lawyer for Cardiff 3, presenter of TV documentaries,
General Secretary, Party of Labour, Belgium
sociologist, Director of Research, CNRS, Paris, France
Paul Milliez, M.D. (retired), Paris, France
film director from Bangladesh
lawyer, Convenor of the Revolutionary People's Movement, South
lawyer (retired), Paris, France
Political satirist, writer, Turkey
Ocasio, Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru,
U.S. (member of First International Delegation to Peru)
Pastor, Saint Joseph the Worker, Berkeley, California, U.S.
President, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom,
Italy, Consultant to United Nations ECOSOC, UNCTAD and UNESCO
(member of Second International Delegation to Peru)
former Chairman of Philosophy Department, University of Chile,
poetess and novelist, vice-president, Human Rights Organization,
first U.S. soldier to refuse to serve in Gulf War, U.S.
Biswa N. Pathak,
Lecturer, Tibhuvan University, Nepal
Secretary for Education and Culture, Black Consciousness Movement
of Azania, Central Commmittee., Britain
Human Rights activist, Nepal
Pye, Discipline of Politics, Flinders University of Southern
Provisional Coordinator, IEC, London, Britain
Member Senate Committee, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
Road Transport Workers Union, Bangladesh
Ramos, professor, Mexico
lawyer, President, So. Florida Chapter National Lawyers Guild,
Gulf Humanitarian Relief Activist, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Deputy Director, Institute for Aboriginal Development, Australia
Reza, Editor of Anusaran, Bangladesh
lawyer, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Exec. Director, People's Fund; chair, Sane Nuclear Freeze, Hawaii,
Secretary, Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union, Victoria Branch,
Secretary of Food Preservers Employees Union, Australia
Dr Ali Sadeghi,
nuclear scientist, Ranjbaran Party, Iran
film actor, Turkey
General Secretary, Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)
Sawyer, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Berkeley,
professor, University of Bremen, Germany
Sydney Selwyn, Professor of Microbiology, University
of London, Britain
poet, Nobel Prize nominee, Iran
Shivakoti, journalist, Secretary of FOPHUR, Nepal
Sisson, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Studies
of the Philippines
Editor of Race and Class, London
Spena, Member of Parliament, Italy
D. Stanley, lawyer, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
International War Crimes Tribunal, London, Britain
Tabriz, General Secretary, Central Students Union, Jahangirnagar
Bengali Cultural Forum, Toynbee Hall, Britain
Professor of Contemporary Turkish Cultural History, Strasbourg
Church Women United, Hawaii, U.S.
Haitian poet, recording artist, Miami, U.S.
Wideman, author, U.S.
Abdul Wideman, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
New York Theological Seminary, U.S.
group signatories received:
Association, South Africa
to Support the People's War in Peru,Mexico, D.F
to Support the People's War in Peru, Spain
Fight Imperialism!/ Revolutionary Communist Group, Britain
Turkish musical group
Radical, newspaper of the Puerto Rican National Liberation
Solidarity Committee, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Popular Dominicano (MPD-ML), Dominican Republic
News, monthly newsletter from Monroe Washington Prison,
Black Lawyers, Brixton, Britain
Council for Peruvian People's War, Bangladesh
Stop the U.S.
War Machine Action Group, Hawaii, U.S.
Against the War (Anti-Imperialist), Hawaii, U.S.
from the Whitney Museum Student Artists Program, New
Ford plant in Detroit, Michigan U.S.
people occupying Pacifica Hotel, Seattle, Washington,
of Elazig Human Rights Association, Turkey
of Parliament, Nepal
of Parliament, (HEP Party), Turkey
of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Friendship Association
prisoners on hunger strike from Buca prison, 300 from
Elazig Prison, 75 from Malatya E-type prison, Turkey
in Black and Latin American Studies, Hunter College,
New York Theological Seminary, New York, U.S.
Elezig Firat University, Turkey
Dhaka, Jahangirnagar and other universities, Bangladesh
members, Haitian Student Association, Queens College, New York,
garment and other workers, Paris, France
ten thousand people have signed the call in Nepal
Committees to Defend the life of Dr Abimael Guzmán exist
in many countries. Readers who would like to make contact with
one in their area are invited to get in touch with the London
Tel/fax: (44) (71)
Address: BCM IEC,
27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.