Washington D.C. March 19, 2010
The slaughter of six Jesuit priests and two helpers during 1989 in El Salvador continues unpunished. In the current session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), CEJIL, and the Human Rights Institute of the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas "(IDHUCA) reiterate to the Salvadoran State, on March 22, its obligation to investigate the crime and punish those responsible.
This is one of 11 hearings and 10 meetings before the IACHR that CEJIL and its partners will participate during this week and the next one. The 138th Period of Sessions of the IACHR will end on March 26.
In 1999, the IACHR issued a report which recommended the State to expeditiously investigate the crime in order to identify, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators and masterminds of the crime; repair comprehensively the consequences of human rights violations committed and void the General Amnesty Law for the Consolidation of Peace.
CEJIL and Colombian counterparts will also present on Monday, the abundant evidence available about the responsibility of the State of Colombia for human rights violations committed during the operation to retake control of the Justice Palace in Bogotá on November 6, 1985 .
After a violent occupation of the building by the guerrilla group Movimiento 19 de Abril (M-19), Colombian police and military forces launched an attack in which they excessively and disproportionately used force. About 100 people were killed in this military operation, another 12 missing, and three suffered arbitrary detention and torture.
On Tuesday March 23, CEJIL and Honduran organizations will expose to the IACHR the lack of response of the Judiciary of Honduras to the facts and crimes occurring after the coup of June 2009.
Both the IACHR and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have confirmed the ineffectiveness of judicial remedies to protect the people during the coup, the lack of respect for the law, impunity for most of the abuses, and the lack of independence of audit institutions such as the Supreme Court, the Prosecution, and the National Commissioner of Human Rights.
On Friday March 19, there will be an audience about the human rights situation in Guatemala, in which CEJIL and its partners will present information regarding the harassment of defenders of human rights, the problems created by the Army involvement in public security tasks, the need to strengthen the administration of justice and the impact of inadequate fiscal policy with impunity, poverty and low social investment.
The hearings will also discuss on Monday the case of illegal detention, torture, and conviction without respect for due process of Juan García Cruz and Santiago Sánchez Silvestre, by the judicial police of the Federal District of Mexico, in 1997.
The human rights situation in Venezuela will be seen on Tuesday 22 in three closed hearings to discuss: 1) Violence, public safety, and prison conditions, 2) institutional deterioration, failure and decisions of the Inter-American defenders and threats to human rights 3) The situation of the right to freedom of expression, information, and the right of association.
The private meetings will be held on Saturday 20 March and will be discuss cases concerning Brazil, Bolivia, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Dominican Republic, which will focus among other issues, on military justice in Mexico, rural violence in Brazil, and the Peruvian State's commitment to a comprehensive solution to 165 cases of human rights violations.
For more information regarding the hearings visit CEJIL's Public Hearings agenda before the IACHR during March, 2010
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The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is an advocacy of human rights in the Americas. CEJIL's main objective is to ensure full implementation of international human rights standards in the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS), through the effective use of the Inter-american human rights system and other international protection mechanisms. CEJIL is a nongovernmental nonprofit with consultative status at the OAS, the Organization of the United Nations (UN) and observer status with the African Commission on Human Rights.