Santiago Mari Pesquera Case at the United Nations


As an apparent spin-off of the planned political assassination and unrelenting harassment of Juan Mari Bras (1927-2010)—founder of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP)—his 23-year-old son Santiago “Chagui” Mari Pesquera was murdered on March 24, 1976. The family memorialized the 40th anniversary of his death last week, on Thursday, March 24, 2016. [Photo above: Juan Mari Bras, left; Santiago Mari, right.]

Presently, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is requesting attention from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the case of Santiago Mari Pesquera as part of its mission: “for justice to prevail, truth, reparation and non-recurrence of political crimes committed by the state.” The team, directed by Colombian Pablo de Greiff, investigates cases of executions and disappearances. Among other research, it has intervened in the case of the grandchildren of the grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.


The article (80grados, 22 March 2016) reporting this investigation includes a letter by Rosa M. Mari Pesquera, Santiago’s sister, to Jamil Dakwar, commissioned by the ACLU to take the case to Geneva. In her letter (included in the link below), she summarizes the events of long years of covert actions and refusal by the FBI and other authorities to declassify documents containing information about those responsible for her brother’s death. Her letter—which details the many attacks (including a car bomb) and persecution to which the family was subjected—includes links to declassified documents that reveal plans to assassinate her father, Juan Mari Bras.

See original article and letter (in Spanish) at

For more information on Santiago, visit related blog

Also see related article (and photo of Juan Mari Bras and son, Santiago) at

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