The International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Dr Abimael Guzmán (IEC)
The International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Dr Abimael Guzmán (IEC) was established within a matter of days of the leader of the Communist Party of Peru – Sendero Luminoso, also known by the nom de guerre as President Gonzalo, was captured by the Peruvian Security Police (Dincote) on 12th September 1992.
To get a rough idea of the background to the International Emergency Committee watch the video, produced in 1994, entitled ‘You must tell the world’. (Not a particularly clear video but it does give an idea of how the IEC started out and how widespread was the support for the defence of Abimael Guzmán.)
(Apologies in advance for the poor quality of some of the scans below. Money was in short supply most of the time (hence duplication rather than printing) and often speed took precedence over quality. And, it should not be forgotten, no one at that time was really thinking of these documents being made widely available in a digital format. Many of the documents were published for an internal distribution so were, in effect, working documents.)
The International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Dr Abimael Guzmán – a booklet giving information about the struggle in Peru, the Communist Party fo Peru – Sendero Luminoso, Dr Abimael Guzmán (Presidente Gonzalo), his trial and imprisonment and the campaign to defend his life.
Call to support the International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Abimael Guzmán – with partial list of early signatories
Urgent appeal for funds for the International Emergency Committee – paper, printing, postage, delegations to Peru cost money and all organisations such as the IEC were constantly short of money.
IEC Founding Conference, Krefeld, Germany, 27-28 February, 1993
Build for the IEC Founding Conference – Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru
- Speech by the de la Torre’s, in-laws of Abimael Guzman, at the opening of the Conference – Spanish
- Speech by the de la Torre’s, in-laws of Abimael Guzman, at the opening of the Conference – English
- Why We Call Dr. Abimael Guzman the Most Important Political Prisoner in the World Today – Massoud Rahimi
- The Peruvian and Philippine Revolutions – Jose Maria Sison
- U.S. Intervention in Peru – Heriberto Ocasio
- On the IEC South Asia Regional Conference and Developments in the Campaign in Nepal
- In Memory of Mr. Metin Can
- Resolutions Adopted by the IEC Steering Committee at the Founding Conference on 28 February, 1993.
International Call to Action – 12-24 September, 1993
International Call to Action! 20-21 May 1994
To the Coordinating Committee and to the other members of the Steering Committee of the International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Dr Abimael Guzmán (IEC) – Letter from Swedish Steering Committee member about the CC PCP Declaration of 7th October, 1993 (12 04 1994)
Al Comité Coordinador y a los otro miembros del Comité Directivo del Comité Internacional de Emergencia para Defender la Vida de Abimael Guzmán (CIE) – carta de un miembro de la Comité Directivo Sueca sobre la Declaración del CC del PCP de 7 de octubre, 1993 (12 04 1994)
Why does the RIM help US Imperialism encircle the PCP? – Informationsblad, No 24, English, 12th August 1994
A proposal to Convene a Plenary Meeting of the Steering Committee of the IEC. Letter from Swedish Steering Committee member 26th February 1995.
Declaration concerning certain suspicions – Sweden 27th April 1995
The trial and the events surrounding it is covered in ‘Current Issues in Criminal Justice’ (an Australian based, peer-reviewed law journal), Volume 4, Issue 3, of March 1993. Chris Everson, who had been a member of the 3rd IEC Delegation to go to Peru in November 1992, a lawyer working with the South Wales Aboriginal Legal Services at the time, wrote an article entitled ‘The Railroad and Imprisonment of Abimael Guzmán’ for the magazine.
IEC – Emergency Bulletins
from the start there was an intention to keep people informed by the regular publication of an ‘Emergency Bulletin’. This went up to a total of 61 issues. Unfortunately not a complete collection you will be able to get an idea of how the campaign developed (together with the organisation of – eventually – seven separate delegations to lobby of Presidente Gonzalo’s behalf. You will also be able to learn of the ongoing attacks of the Peruvian State against anyone who dared to stand up against the abuse of State power.
IEC – Emergency Bulletin No 23 – in Spanish
After issue No 50 the EB’s started to be published very sporadically – reflecting the struggles that were taking place with what was known as the ‘Two line Struggle’ and the move away from the long established base in London to the United States.
The only versions available for issues 59 and 60 were originally posted on the internet. They are as they were posted apart from the deletion of any hyperlinks – they don’t work now. Also there were one or two typos corrected.
We are not aware of any other Emergency Bulletins after No 61 published in February 2001.
IEC Delegations to Peru
The First Delegation – 30th September – 9th October 1992
The case of Abimael Guzman – an example of the consequences of the ‘Legalisation’ of the Notion of Terrorism – Anne-Marie Parodi (a lawyer on the 1st Delegation)
The Fourth Delegation – April 1993
Announcement of the 4th Delegation – 28th March 1993
Findings of the April Delegation of the International Emergency Committee to Defend the Life of Abimael Guzmán
Informe de la delegación de abril del Comite Internacional de Emergencía para Defender la Vida de Abimael Guzmán
The Seventh Delegation
Seize the time to break the isolation of Dr Abimael Guzmán (Chairman Gonzalo)! 7th IEC Delegation to Peru needed to demand an end to isolation 30th January, 2001