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Urgent Action Update: Disappeared During Quarantine & Found Dead (Argentina: UA 120.20)

September 3, 2020

An independent forensic team positively identified the body of Facundo Astudillo Castro on 2 September 2020. His unidentified body was found on 16 August after going missing on 30 April in the Province of Buenos Aires. Police arrested Facundo that day for violating the national quarantine imposed by the national government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 2 July, Facundo’s family filed a federal complaint to investigate his disappearance. We demand authorities carry out an independent, effective and impartial investigation into those responsible of his disappearance and death, offering truth and justice to Facundo’s family.

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Mr. Santiago Ulpiano Martínez Federal Prosecutor Email: [email protected]
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 Email: [email protected] [email protected] Twitter: @ARGinUSA Instagram: @ARGinUSA Facebook: @ARGinUSA Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER Dear Prosecutor Martínez, The fate and whereabouts of Facundo Astudillo Castro, 22 years old, were unknown since his disappearance on 30 April 2020 in the Province of Buenos Aires. Three witnesses last saw him being detained by the Buenos Aires police at the entrance to the town of Mayor Buratovich, accused of violating the quarantine imposed by the State at the national level due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After more than four months missing, Facundo’s body was found on 16 August and identified by an independent forensic team on 2 September. The investigation into his case has yet to determine what happened to Facundo. I call on you to ensure an independent, effective and impartial investigation into the disappearance and death of Facundo Astudillo, to make the results public, and to bring those responsible for this human rights violation to justice. Yours sincerely, [YOUR NAME] ADDITIONAL RESOURCES