The Brazilian Center for Solidarity to the People - CEBRASPO and the Brazilian Association of People's Lawyers “Gabriel Pimenta” - ABRAPO come to denounce a serious crime committed by the Joint Task Force headed by the Paraguayan Army and also integrated by the Paraguayan National Police and agents “anti-drugs”, which took place last Thursday, September 3, 2020.
A large contingent of the Army and Joint Task Forces attacked an alleged guerrilla camp of the Paraguayan People's Army (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo / EPP) in the north of this country (city of Ybi Yau). However, the victims of the attack on this place were two 11-year-old children, one of whom is the daughter of Dr. Miriam Villalba, a lawyer for members of the EPP.
The President of the Republic, Mario Abdo Benítez, in order to cover up the dark crime perpetrated, ordered to have the children, who did not have the physical conditions to hold a rifle, to wear a campaign uniform and released photos as if they were dangerous terrorists. Furthermore, he had them buried in an unknown place, alleging prevention against COVID-19. What knowledge did had of children to claim to have this disease? Evidently, this conduct is intended to hide proof present in the bodies of the murdered girls and to prevent their graves from keeping alive the memory of the crime and attracting tributes from the people..
The children, Lilian Villalba and Maria del Carmen Villalba are Argentines and were in the place visiting parents and uncles who, due to circunstances of their lives, are EPP activists. They are nieces of Carmen Villalba, a political prisoner, who also had her 13-year-old son murdered 10 years ago by the Paraguayan Security Forces. Do children and relatives of political activists not have the right to visit their family members?
There has been a long struggle in Paraguay in which the peasantry has risen in some regions in defense of their lands and their rights trampled by the old state. The EPP has an existence that traces back to 2008.
The children were born and lived in Missiones (Argentina) where 10 children of Paraguayan peasants and family members of Carmen Villalba have remained for several years, as the genocidal Paraguayan army does not hesitate to murder children in an attempt to smother the struggle of its people in blood.
This aberrant crime violates international humanitarian law and the duty imposed by arts. 38 and 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It repeats the modus operandi of the Stroessner dictatorship and the Brazilian and Argentine aggression forces that destroyed Paraguay in the war of 1864-70. It also denotes the incorporation, by the States and their regular forces, of mafia methods such as attacking not directly those who face them with the conscious risk of their own lives, but their loved ones, defenseless and unrelated to the conflict. The current Paraguayan state, built on the rubble of the free and dignified country of the pre-war and later reduced by Stroessnerism to a confederation of mafias dedicated to all types of criminal activity, is a synthesis of all this. Let us see how the Argentine State will behave, which is responsible for caring for its small citizens and demanding that Paraguay be held responsible for this crime, before international forums, and individual authors, under Paraguayan jurisdiction.
We join the just indignation of the family and paranguayan people with this heinous crime and demand that the Paraguayan Government, as requested by the family's lawyers, deliver the bodies of the children to Argentina so that they have the possibility of an exempt autopsy and can be buried with dignity.
JUSTICE FOR LILIAN AND MARIA DEL CARMEN VILLALBA, CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN MARTIRIZED BY THE CRIMINAL PARAGUAYAN ARMY
WE REQUIRE PROTECTION OF THE INTEGRITY OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SAVED IN MISSIONS AGAINST ANY COWARD ACTION OF THE GENOCIDE PARAGUAYAN ARMY
ALL SOLIDARITY TO PARAGUAYAN PEASANTS
BRAZILIAN CENTER FOR SOLIDARITY TO THE PEOPLE - CEBRASPO
BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE'S LAWYERS - ABRAPO
Brazil, September 4, 2020