A WORLD TO WIN    #18   (1992)


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

Kamruddin Absar, revolutionary singer, Bangladesh

Mumia Abu-Jamal, political prisoner on death row, U.S.

Dr Krishna Adhikari, medical office at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Nepal

Buland Al-Haidari, poet, vice-president of Iraqi Democratic Association, Britain

Reza Allamezadh, Iranian film director

Dalal Al-Mufti, sculptress, head of Iraqi Democratic Association, Britain

Arif Alwan, playwright, Iraq

Sushil C. Amatya, President, National Teachers Association, Nepal

Carol Andreas, author of When Women Rebel, U.S.

Rudy Antoine, Publisher & Editor in Chief of Caribbean Globe newspaper, Miami, Florida, U.S.

Roberto Armijo, Salvadoran poet, Paris, France

Mehmet Ali Aybar, General Secretary, Socialist Revolution Party, member Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal, 1966, Turkey

Aydin Aybay, Professor of Political Science, University of Istanbul, Turkey

Nina Baehr, author of Abortion Without Apology, University of Hawaii Women's Center, U.S.

Dr Bani-Sadr, ex-President of Iran

Nihat Behram, writer, Turkey

Dr Younes Parsa Benab, Iranian lecturer, Strayer College, U.S.

Tony Benn, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Labour Party, Britain

Dr Baburam Bhattarai, architect/designer, Nepal

Ione Biggs, past President, Women Speak Out (Cleveland branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), U.S.

Govinda Biyogi, President, Nepal Journalist Association, Nepal

Anne-Marie Blanchet-Parodi, lawyer, Paris, France (member of First International Delegation to Peru)

Emmannuel Boutterin, President, Alumni Association of the School of Journalism and Communications of Marseilles, France

Francis A. Boyle, Professor of International Law, University of Illinois, Champaign, U.S.

Bill Bowring, Chairman, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, London, Britain

Marjorie Broadbent, Federated Teachers Union of Victoria, Australia

Victor Carpenter, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church, San Franciso, U.S.

Javier Centeno, Federal Representative, Mexico

Jim Cairns, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

John Chandler, Executive Director, Peace Campaign, Seattle, U.S.

Barbara Christian, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.

Genevičve Clancy, Professor of Philosophy, Sorbonne, Paris, France

Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the U.S.

Ron Clark, Director, Whitney Museum Independent Studies, New York, U.S.

Stanley Cohen, lawyer, U.S.

Raphael Constant, Martiniquan lawyer, France

Luigi Cortesi, historian, director of the magazine Giano, Italy

Dr Drew Cottle, Lecturer in History, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Mary Belvins Cox, lawyer, National Conference of Black Lawyers, News Dimensions, Washington D.C., U.S.

Dr Massimo de Santi, Coordinator of International FORUM U.N.O. of the Peoples, Italy (member of Second International Delegation to Peru)

Gilles Deleuze, Professor of Philosophy and writer, Paris, France

Kasthoori Devan, Convenor, Yuva Kerala Munnani, India

Harsha N. Dhaubhadel, professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Bashudev Dhungana, Senior Advocate, ex-President, Nepal Bar Association

Hatip Dicle, Member of Parliament (HEP Party), Turkey

Carl Dix, national spokesman, Revolutionary Communist Party USA

Joe Doem, Mohawk citizen, New York, U.S.

Ferdinando Dubla, historian, Italy

Reverend Peter H.F. Duncan, Vicar, Saint John's Church, North Woolwich, Britain

Craig Everson, lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Service Ltd., Canberra, Australia

Deborah Felton, Women's Studies, Australian National University

Lavarice Gaudin, Haitian activist, VEYEYO, Miami, U.S.

Prof John Gerassi, author of The Great Fear in Latin America, U.S.

Lewis Godena, Carpenters Local 107, Massachusetts, independent candidate for U.S. Congress

Enrique Gonzalez Ruis, researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico

K.P.R. Gopala, revolutionary political prisioner sentenced to death under British rule, later released, India

Bernie Grant, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, Labour Party, Britain

Claudio Grimaldi, actor, Italy

Andreas Gross, lawyer, Wiesbaden, Germany

Mr and Mrs H. Groswami, musicians, Tower-Hamlet Sanatown Association, Britain

Dr Michael Hadfield, Professor of Zoology, University of Hawaii, U.S.

Behrooz Hadhi, Iranian former political prisoner and writer

Hamidul Haque, President, Organization to Uphold the Martyr Revolutionaries and Patriots, Bangladesh

Dr Masud Hasan, Vice-president, Central Students Union, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Dr A. Hassanpour, University of Windsor, Canada

Mushaq Hossain, General Secretary, Jatiyo Jubo Jote (National Youth Organization), Bangladesh

Chrissie Hynde, musician, The Pretenders, Britain

Safiqul Islam, journalist, Bangladesh

V.R. Krishna Iyer, Justice (retired) of the Supreme Court of India

Qutaiba Janabi, filmmaker, Iraq

R. Jilani, Director, Asian Studies Department, Toynbee Hall, Britain

Saban Iba, General Secretary of 1968 Institute, Turkey

Eric Jackson, lawyer, prison rights activist, Michigan, U.S.

Zuhair Jazairi, writer, Iraq

Grace Jones, coordinator, Free South Africa Movement, Ohio, U.S.

Mesbah Kamal, Secretary, UK Consolidation, Workers Party of Bangladesh

Asok Karmokar, artist, Bangladesh

Nasim Khaksar, Iranian writer

Badri Prasad Khatiwada, human rights activist, ex-President, National Teachers Association, Nepal

Zenzile Khoisan, South African exile, producer "Africa Report," WBAI Radio, New York, U.S.

Frank Kirkland, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, U.S.

Hans Koning, author of Columbus: His Enterprise, Exploding the Myth, U.S.

Deependra B. Kshetri, Economist, Member of National Development Council, Nepal

Linton Kwezi Johnson, musician, Britain

Farah Juste, Haitian recording artist, "The voice of those without voice", U.S.

Ercan Kanar, Chair, Human Rights Organization, Istanbul, Turkey

Nasim Khaksar, Iranian writer

Charles Kilduff, former Chief Justice of the Australian State Territory

Maina Wa Kinyatti, former Kenyan political prisoner, U.S.

Jan Kirsch, M.D., Member, Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, U.S.

William Kunstler, lawyer, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City, U.S.

Hubert Jabot, Guadeloupan lawyer, France

Carlos and Delia La Torre, father- and mother-in-law of Dr Abimael Guzmán, in exile for 12 years

Raniero La Valle, Member of Parliament, Italy

James Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, U.S.

Erik Larsen, G.I. resister to Gulf War, U.S.

Kenny Leon, Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, U.S.

Raymond Lotta, author of America in Decline, U.S.

Faisal Luaibi, painter, Iraq

Father Lawrence Lucas, priest, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, author of Black Priest, White Church, U.S.

Suresh Ale Magar, Lecturer, General Secretary, Nepal Federation of Nationalities, Nepal

N.C. Mammootty, General Secretary, Yuva Kala Sahiti, Kerala, India

Michael Mansfield Q.C., Defence lawyer for Cardiff 3, presenter of TV documentaries, Britain

Ludo Martens, General Secretary, Party of Labour, Belgium

Andreé Michel, sociologist, Director of Research, CNRS, Paris, France

Professor Paul Milliez, M.D. (retired), Paris, France

Tanvir Mokammel, film director from Bangladesh

M. Moosha, lawyer, Convenor of the Revolutionary People's Movement, South Africa

Claudine Nahori, lawyer (retired), Paris, France

Aziz Nesin, Political satirist, writer, Turkey

Heriberto Ocasio, Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru, U.S. (member of First International Delegation to Peru)

William O'Donnell, Pastor, Saint Joseph the Worker, Berkeley, California, U.S.

Giovanna Pagani, 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)

Jorge Palacios, former Chairman of Philosophy Department, University of Chile, Santiago

Parizat, poetess and novelist, vice-president, Human Rights Organization, Nepal

Jeff Paterson, first U.S. soldier to refuse to serve in Gulf War, U.S.

Biswa N. Pathak, Lecturer, Tibhuvan University, Nepal

Siwan Perwer, Kurdish singer

Molefe Pheto, Secretary for Education and Culture, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, Central Commmittee., Britain

Felice Pignataro, painter, Italy

Gordon Poole, historian, Italy

Sushil Pyakurel, Human Rights activist, Nepal

Dr Geralyn Pye, Discipline of Politics, Flinders University of Southern Australia

Massoud Rahimi, Provisional Coordinator, IEC, London, Britain

A. Rahman, singer, Bangladesh

Hafizur Rahman, Member Senate Committee, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Shaheen Rahman, Road Transport Workers Union, Bangladesh

Leonardo Albino Ramos, professor, Mexico

Michael Ray, lawyer, President, So. Florida Chapter National Lawyers Guild, U.S.

Bert Reese, Gulf Humanitarian Relief Activist, Seattle, Washington, U.S.

John Reid, Deputy Director, Institute for Aboriginal Development, Australia

Shah Ahmed Reza, Editor of Anusaran, Bangladesh

Paolo Rossi, artist, Italy

Alan Rossman, lawyer, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Rick Rothschiller, Exec. Director, People's Fund; chair, Sane Nuclear Freeze, Hawaii, U.S.

John Rutherford, Secretary, Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union, Victoria Branch, Australia

Tim Ryan, Secretary of Food Preservers Employees Union, Australia

Dr Ali Sadeghi, nuclear scientist, Ranjbaran Party, Iran

Ilyas Salman, film actor, Turkey

Abbas Samakar, Iranian filmmaker

N. Sanmugathasan, General Secretary, Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)

Reverend Paul Sawyer, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Berkeley, California, U.S.

Jens Scheer, professor, University of Bremen, Germany

Professor Sydney Selwyn, Professor of Microbiology, University of London, Britain

Ahmad Shamloo, poet, Nobel Prize nominee, Iran

Krishna P. Shivakoti, journalist, Secretary of FOPHUR, Nepal

Shyram Shrestha, journalist, Nepal

Shamim Sikder, sculptress, Bangladesh

José Maria Sisson, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Studies of the Philippines

A. Sivanand, Editor of Race and Class, London

Giovanni Russo Spena, Member of Parliament, Italy

Christopher D. Stanley, lawyer, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Hugh Stephens, International War Crimes Tribunal, London, Britain

Dr Shamsul Tabriz, General Secretary, Central Students Union, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Emdad Tallukder, Bengali Cultural Forum, Toynbee Hall, Britain

Serrer Tanilli, Professor of Contemporary Turkish Cultural History, Strasbourg University, Germany

Saadi Timini, architect, Iraq

Frances Viglielmo, Church Women United, Hawaii, U.S.

Kiki Wainwright, Haitian poet, recording artist, Miami, U.S.

John Edgar Wideman, author, U.S.

Prof. Shakh Abdul Wideman, Dhaka University, Bangladesh

George Weber, New York Theological Seminary, U.S.

Ragip Zarakolu, journalist, Turkey

Among the group signatories received:

Black Lawyers Association, South Africa

Comité Sol-Pérou, France

Committee to Support the People's War in Peru,Mexico, D.F

Committee to Support the People's War in Peru, Spain

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!/ Revolutionary Communist Group, Britain

Grup YORUM, Turkish musical group

La Patria Radical, newspaper of the Puerto Rican National Liberation Movement (MLN)

Latin America Solidarity Committee, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.

Movimiento Popular Dominicano (MPD-ML), Dominican Republic

Prison Legal News, monthly newsletter from Monroe Washington Prison, U.S.

Save Gonzalo Committee, India

Save Gonzalo Committee, Nepal

Society of Black Lawyers, Brixton, Britain

Solidarity Council for Peruvian People's War, Bangladesh

Stop the U.S. War Machine Action Group, Hawaii, U.S.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War (Anti-Imperialist), Hawaii, U.S.

12 artists from the Whitney Museum Student Artists Program, New York, U.S.

64 autoworkers, Ford plant in Detroit, Michigan U.S.

31 homeless people occupying Pacifica Hotel, Seattle, Washington, U.S.

8 journalists, Italy

19 journalists, Bangladesh

83 members of Elazig Human Rights Association, Turkey

90 Members of Parliament, Nepal

10 Members of Parliament, (HEP Party), Turkey

5 members of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Friendship Association

48 poets, Turkey

90 political prisoners on hunger strike from Buca prison, 300 from Elazig Prison, 75 from Malatya E-type prison, Turkey

4 professors in Black and Latin American Studies, Hunter College, U.S.

9 students, New York Theological Seminary, New York, U.S.

10 students, Toulouse, France

13 students, Elezig Firat University, Turkey

233 students, Dhaka, Jahangirnagar and other universities, Bangladesh

5 students, members, Haitian Student Association, Queens College, New York, U.S.

200 Turkish garment and other workers, Paris, France

More than ten thousand people have signed the call in Nepal

Emergency 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 IEC office:

Tel/fax: (44) (71) 482-0853.

Address: BCM IEC, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.