Dear Ministry Berni,
Facundo Astudillo Castro, 22, went missing on 30 April 2020 in the Province of Buenos Aires. Three witnesses saw police detain him in the Mayor Buratovich town, 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.
After more than 80 days Facundo is still 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 occurred, to make the results public, and to bring those responsible for Facundo’s disappearance to justice.