WELCOMES FREEING OF GENERAL GALLARDO IN MEXICO
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights welcomes the news that General José
Francisco Gallardo Rodríguez was freed on February 7, 2002, in Mexico.
Juan E. Méndez, member of the Commission and its acting President,
stated: “The freeing of General Gallardo is an extremely positive sign
from the Mexican state. It is a concrete expression of the Mexican Government’s
commitment to strengthening the protection of human rights.”
In a report on the matter, the IACHR determined that “the detention
of General José Francisco Gallardo Rodríguez and his subjection to 16
investigations and eight criminal trials on a continual basis for no
reasonable, logical, or justifiable purpose” constituted a violation of
several articles of the American Convention.
Accordingly, the IACHR recommended to the Mexican state, inter
alia, that it free General Gallardo.
Gallardo was freed by way of a reduction of the sentence imposed by the
Secretariat of the Interior of Mexico, in close consultation with the
Secretariats of Foreign Affairs and Defense of that country.
The Inter-American Commission feels that any measure intended to
fulfill its recommendations contributes to strengthening the inter-American
human rights system.
The processing of provisional measures in the case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights was conducted by Dean Claudio Grossman, former president of the IACHR, who also expressed his pleasure at the recent decision by the Mexican authorities.
D.C., February 12, 2002