07/23/2020

Urgent Action: Disappeared During Covid-19 Quarantine (Argentina: UA 120.20)


22-year old Facundo Astudillo Castro went missing on 30 April 2020. Police arrested him in Mayor Buratovich in the Province of Buenos Aires for violating the COVID-19 quarantine imposed by the State at the national level. Contradicting police accounts and other testimonies lead to a presumption of responsibility by the police officers involved. On 2 July his family filed a federal complaint to start investigations into Facundo’s disappearance. Facundo is still missing. We demand authorities determine Facundo’s whereabouts, ensure an independent, effective and impartial investigation into the case, and bring those responsible for his disappearance to justice.

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Mr. Sergio Berni
Ministry of Security, Province of Buenos Aires
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Twitter: @SergioBerniArg
Ambassador Jorge Argüello
Embassy of the Argentine Republic
1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 238 6424 I Fax: 202 332 3171
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Berni,

Facundo Astudillo Castro, 22, went missing on 30 April 2020 in the Province of Buenos Aires. Three witnesses saw police detain him in Mayor Buratovich while looking for a ride to Bahia Blanca. Police accused him of allegedly violating the COVID-19 quarantine imposed by the State at the national level.

For more than 80 days, Facundo has been missing. Contradicting accounts by the involved police officers, and other testimonies, lead to a presumption of responsibility by the police in his disappearance. Consequently, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances also called on Argentina to immediately investigate his disappearance (Res. 906/2020).

I call on you to urgently adopt all the necessary measures to find Facundo Astudillo Castro and ensure an independent, effective and impartial investigation into the events, to make the results public, and to bring those responsible for Facundo’s disappearance to justice.

Yours sincerely,

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