Monday, September 29, 2008

Urgent Action: Pastor William Reyes Disappeared







Commission for Restoration, Life and Peace and Justapaz

Urgent Action


Pastor disappeared, action requested.


We are very concerned for the safety of Pastor William Reyes and other members of the Fraternity of Evangelical Pastors of Maicao (Fraternidad de Ministros Evang√©licos de Maicao - FRAME). Last Thursday, September 25, at 10 AM Pastor Reyes left Valledupar, Cesar, for his home in Maicao, La Guajira in northern Colombia; he never arrived. Reyes ministers in the Light and Truth Church (Interamerican denomination) of Maicao and is a member of the Pastors’ association (FRAME) – which has received repeated threats from the paramilitary, the FARC and other illegal armed groups since March of this year. Pastor Reyes’ wife, Idia Miranda, is the FRAME secretary. Pastor William Reyes and Idia have three children, William Reyes Miranda, 19, Luz Mery Reyes Miranda, 16, and Estefania Reyes Miranda, 9.



Human rights violations of church people, and of the civilian population at large, are ongoing in Colombia. Last year the Justapaz, Peace Commission Documentation and Advocacy program registered the murder of four pastors.



We ask you to send letters to:

  • Express your concern;
  • Request government action to locate Pastor Reyes and
  • Solicit protection for Pastor Reyes’s family and the members of FRAME.


See model letter below.


Action Requests: Political Advocacy and Prayer


Communicate with Colombian governmental representatives (see sample letter). Ask that the Colombian government:


  • Provide all necessary safety measures for Pastor Reyes’ family and for the members of FRAME. (See my comment/question.)
  • Carry out a timely investigation and take the necessary steps to bring to justice both the material and intellectual authors of William’s disappearance.
  • Carry out a timely investigation and take the necessary steps to bring to justice those responsible for the threats against FRAME.


Pray for:

  • Well-being of Pastor William Reyes and his family.
  • Safety of the members of the Fraternity of Evangelical Pastors of Maicao.
  • Wisdom in discerning next steps in the midst of violence and a politically adverse climate.
  • Recognition of the error of their ways, repentance and reparations of damage committed on the part of the responsible parties.


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Model Letter:


Dear :


I am writing to express my deep concern for the safety of Pastor William Reyes, his family and the members of the Fraternity of Evangelical Ministers of Maicao (FRAME). Pastor Reyes pastors the Truth and Light Church (of the Interamerican denomination) of Maicao and is a member of FRAME – which has received repeated threats from illegal armed groups since March of this year.


Pastor Reyes departed Valledupar, Cesar for Maicao, La Guajira at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, and has not arrived or been heard from since.

We ask that you take all steps necessary to locate Pastor Reyes and to protect his family and the members of FRAME. We also ask that you ensure swift and thorough investigations of the threats against FRAME. Those responsible should be held accountable for their crimes.


Sincerely,


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Send letter(s) to:


Fiscal General (Attorney General)

Mario Iguaran

Fax: 011-571-570-2000 ext. 2017

Email: denuncias@fiscalia.gov.co


Gobernador de La Guajira (Governor of La Guajira)

Jorge Perez Bernier

Fax: 011-575-727-5007 (ask for fax)

Emails can be sent directly from here.


Comandante del Ejercito Nacional (Commander of the Army)

General Mario Montoya Uribe

Fax: 011-571-297-3107


Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad - DAS (Administrative Security Department)

Maria del Pilar Hurtado Afanador

Fax: 011-571-408-8400

Email: quejas@das.gov.co