REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Case 7464 (GUATEMALA)
June 25, 1981
1. In a
communication of August 11, 1980, the following denunciation was made to
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:
Sequeira López, 23, a married Nicaraguan citizen and last-year medical
student at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala, was detained by
Treasury security officers in Valle Nuevo, on the border between El
Salvador and Guatemala, on July 25, 1980, when he was returning in a TICA-BUS
Company bus to Guatemala City to continue his studies.
innumerable efforts, his whereabouts are thus far unknown. His arbitrary
detention is denounced, and it is believed that his life is in danger.
2. In a note of
August 12, 1980, the Commission transmitted the pertinent portions of this
denunciation to the Guatemalan Government, requesting information on the
3. In notes of
December 16, 1980, and April 20, 1981, the Commission again requested
information from the Guatemalan Government.
1. The Government
has thus far not replied to the Commission's requests for information.
2. Article 39 of
the Commission's Regulations provides as follows:
The facts reported in the petition whose pertinent parts have been
transmitted to the government of the state in reference shall be presumed
to be true if, during the maximum period set by the Commission under the
provisions of Article 31 paragraph 5, the government has not provided the
pertinent information, as long as other evidence does not lead to a
INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Based on
Article 39 of its Regulations, to presume to be true the events reported
in the communication of August 11, 1980, concerning the arbitrary arrest
and later disappearance of the student Douglas Sequeira López.
2. To declare that
the Government of Guatemala violated Articles 7 (right to personal
liberty), 8 (right to a fair trial), 22 (right to freedom of movement and
residence) and 25 (right to judicial protection) of the American
Convention on Human Rights.
3. To recommend to
the Guatemalan Government that it investigate the events reported and, if
warranted, punish those responsible, and report its decision on this case
to the Commission within 60 days.
4. To transmit
this resolution to the Government of Guatemala and to the claimants.
5. To include this
resolution in the Commission's Annual Report to the General Assembly of
the Organization of American States pursuant to Article 18 (f), of the
Statute and Article 59 (g) of the Regulations of the Commission.
Dr. Francisco Bertrand Galindo declined to hear and decide on this case because he was living in Guatemala when the reported events occurred.