ALLEGED DECISION OF THE IACHR
In light of press reports alluding to an
alleged decision on petition 12.229 (Digna Ochoa and others) before the
Inter-American Commission, this organ wishes to inform that it continues
to examine said petition in accordance with the provisions contained in
the American Convention on Human Rights, its Statute, and its Rules of
IACHR considers it timely to reiterate what it said in press release No.
1/03 of January 10, 2003:
the IACHR nor the international experts are responsible for determining
the circumstances of Attorney Digna Ochoa’s death or for identifying or
prosecuting possible perpetrators as these tasks are solely within the
purview of the Mexican authorities.
The Inter-American Commission further
informs that on June 16, 2003 it conveyed to the Government of Mexico and
the petitioners the “Report on the Review of Technical Evidence in the
Criminal Investigation of the Death of Digna Ochoa y Plácido by the
Office of the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Prosecutor General
for the Federal District of Mexico”.
The aforesaid document was submitted to the IACHR by Dr. Pedro Díaz
Romero pursuant to the terms of reference for the technical review agreed
by the parties in said matter. The
report of Dr. Díaz Romero also contains reports by Messrs. Alan J. Voth
and María Dolores Morcillo Méndez in the areas of ballistics and
forensic pathology, respectively.
The above-mentioned report and all documents submitted by the
parties in accordance with the rules on processing individual petitions
shall be evaluated by the Inter-American Commission when it adopts its
D.C., August 1, 2003