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Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:15

Unacceptable death of a political prisoner

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At dawn on September 23, Roberto Sepulveda Muñoz, known in our organization as Arturo, and whom we affectionately called Catire, passed away at San Rafael Hospital in the city of Tunja.


Roberto was deprived of liberty for more than 9 years, and was held in Barne prison.
For several years now he was suffering from a serious deterioration in his health, which was not treated properly, which caused a chronic bronchopneumonia.

Despite numerous humanitarian requests for his release, nine months after an Amnesty Law was passed, two regulatory decrees, an administrative resolution appointing him a peace manager and multiple commitments from the national government, he could not obtain his release.

Under this circumstance, we demand that immediate action be taken and that a thorough investigation be established to determine the actual causes of the death of political prisoner Roberto Sepúlveda Muñoz and to order the criminal and disciplinary sanctions of the case.

It is evident not only the responsibility for the provision of the medical service to political prisoners, but also the constant obstacles and procrastination that are presented by the justice operators, making their freedom impossible.

We urge the authorities to immediately guarantee medical care for comrades Bernardo Mosquera Machado, Jose Angel Parra Bernal and Jan Carlos Amaya, who have been presenting a complex medical picture.

We call on the national government, headed by President Juan Manuel Santos, to establish responsibilities before this repeated and infamous situation and to definitively and without further excuse, release all our comrades who still remain in prison.

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