IACHR TAKES CASE TO THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT
Washington, April 1, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) submitted a case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on March 15, 2008, against the United States of Mexico.
The IACHR filed the application with the Inter-American Court against Mexico in Petition No. 12.511, in the case of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, who was illegally detained by an Army military patrol in the state of Guerrero on August 25, 1974. The case has to do with his forced disappearance since that time, the lack of clarification as to his whereabouts, the state of impunity surrounding the facts, and the lack of reparations to members of his family for damages incurred as a result of the loss of someone who was dear to them and the prolonged denial of justice. This is the first case the Commission has taken to the Court involving crimes of the past committed against individuals linked to social and political movements in Mexico.
In November 2001, Mexico’s Office of the Presidency created the Interdisciplinary Committee for Reparations of Damages of Victims or those Offended by Violations of the Human Rights of Individuals Linked to Social and Political Movements of the Past, which heard the case of Mr. Radilla Pacheco in March 2008. The case was sent to the Inter-American Court because the Commission believed that the State did not comply with substantive recommendations contained in the report on the merits approved by the IACHR in accordance with Article 50 of the American Convention on Human Rights. In making this decision, the Commission took into account the considerations established in Article 44 of its Rules of Procedure.
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