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Human Rights Groups denounce serious human rights violations in Peru

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and its partners—the Association for Human Rights (APRODEH) and the Commission on Human Rights (COMISEDH)— condemned the designation of the retired General Daniel Urresti as Minister of the Interior of Peru. Urresti is being prosecuted as an alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos and the attempted murder of his companion, Eduardo Rojas Arce.

 

 

 

Thu, 11/06/2014

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and its partners—the Association for Human Rights (APRODEH) and the Commission on Human Rights (COMISEDH)— condemned the designation of the retired General Daniel Urresti as Minister of the Interior of Peru. Urresti is being prosecuted as an alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos and the attempted murder of his companion, Eduardo Rojas Arce.

According to a presentation given by CEJIL in the presence of Peruvian state representatives on October 29, 2014 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Urresti’s designation as Interior Minister violates the state’s international obligations.
During the meeting the petitioners also alleged the state committed a breach of its commitments to the Commission and to victims of violations of human rights within the framework of the Joint Press Release Case.

In 2001, Peru and the Commission signed a press release documenting the commitments made by the State regarding 165 cases of serious human rights violations processed before the Commission, among them the murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos.

At the time of signing the press release, the Peruvian government said that the commitments ushered in a new dawn for policies geared towards the protection of human rights within the country. However, more than 13 years onwards, Peru continues to fail to meet its obligations. Among them, the pending compliance of the arrest warrants against members of the security forces and the provision of housing to 509 victims and their families.

But to date, none of the warrants have been fulfilled and many of the defendants continue to carry out their public functions. With regards to the housing situation, despite the promises made before the Commission by the State on Thursday October 30 to transfer the property to the victims that week, the transfer has not yet been executed.

According to CEJIL APRODEH and COMISEDH such breaches demonstrate a lack of political will by the state.

"The lack of compliance with the commitments made by Peru in the press release highlight a prevailing climate of impunity and constitute further damage to the rights of victims of serious human rights violations in Peru ," said Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL .

Paraguayan peasants expose high levels of violence and impunity at the Inter-American Commission

Cases of violence against peasants in Uruguay were presented at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) addressed the distinct expressions of this violence, which affects the right to life, personal integrity and access to justice on behalf of peasants, as a result of their fight for access and tenancy of land in Paraguay.

Tue, 11/04/2014

Washington D.C., October 31, 2014. – Cases of violence against peasants in Uruguay were presented at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) addressed the distinct expressions of this violence, which affects the right to life, personal integrity and access to justice on behalf of peasants, as a result of their fight for access and tenancy of land in Paraguay.

Martina González Paredes testified directly to the fact that at least 110 cases of executions and disappearances of leaders and members of pro-peasant organizations have taken place between February 3,, 1989 and August 15, 2013. Of the 91 open cases, only 8 cases have advanced to partial convictions, without the clarification of facts or punishment for those responsible for the alleged crimes.

After thanking Martina for her testimony, James L. Cavallaro, Rapporteur of Persons Deprived of Right to Liberty asked the representatives of the State of Paraguay if they could not investigate the 115 unpunished murders,  and commented “it is important to put a face to the facts.”

On his part, the Rapporteur for Social and Economic Rights, Paulo Vannuchi, has underlined that in the circumstances that peasants live in, “many times the fight for land represents the fight for food for their children.”

The lack of adequate and diligent investigation by the State, in order to identify and convict those responsible of these violations of human rights, was also denounced during the hearing.

The hearing was part of the joint work of civil society organizations and peasant groups in Paraguay, denouncing the violence and impunity for violations of human rights in the country.

Justice César Barrientos Pellecer, symbol of the fight against impunity in Guatemala, passes away

CEJIL regrets the loss of the judge

San Jose and Washington DC, March 3, 2014. The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) expresses its sincerest regret for the death of Dr. César Barrientos Pellecer who passed away on March 2. CEJIL would like to extend its condolences and sympathies to his family and loved ones.

Sat, 03/08/2014

Fotografía Ilustrativa César BarrientosSan Jose and Washington DC, March 3, 2014. The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) expresses its sincerest regret for the death of Dr. César Barrientos Pellecer who passed away on March 2. CEJIL would like to extend its condolences and sympathies to his family and loved ones.

CEJIL’s members had the privilege of working with Dr. Barrientos both academically and professionally and knew the values and principles that characterized his life. Today we remember his legacy, past and invaluable contributions to the fight against impunity in Guatemala.

Dr. Barrientos served as a judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Guatemala (Cámara Penal de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Guatemala). In the exercise of his duties he pushed a series of reforms that sped up the criminal process. In addition, he took steps to guarantee victims greater access to justice in the country. Likewise, Dr. Barrientos was noted for his boundless support for high-risk tribunals, in an effort to guarantee their proper functioning, efficiency and independence. In this vein, he advocated for the safety of and job security for the members of the court.

In relation to the Inter-American Human Rights System, Justice Barrientos was a believer in the importance of the decisions issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. His influence was a determining factor in Guatemala recognizing the auto-enforceability of the Inter-American Court’s judgments. Viviana Krsticevic, CEJIL’s Executive Director, noted that, “thanks to the Criminal Chamber’s decisions, overseen by Dr. Barrientos, many criminal procedures were reopened and several public officials responsible for grave human rights violations were tried. These actions broke the cycle of impunity that characterized Guatemala, giving hope to thousands of people.”

Dr. Barrientos also participated in the drafting of civil procedure codes as well as in the judicial modernization process in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, transcending Guatemalan frontiers through his judicial and academic legacy.

CEJIL regrets the loss of a man of such integrity, defender of judicial independence and tireless fighter for Central American justice. The organization urges the authorities to conduct the necessary investigations to clarify the events surrounding his death.

“His contributions must serve as inspiration for the present and future generations, who, like him, aspire to construct a solid rule of law in Guatemala, where truth and justice are a reality for all. We respectfully call on the authorities to honor the memory of Judge Barrientos and guarantee administration of justice that is transparent, independent, effective and open to its victims,” stressed Marcia Aguiluz, Program Director for Central America and Mexico.

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