Communication 1878 (Chile)

1878. This file covers 12 cases on minors arrested along with adults and subjected to the same system as adults, as denounced to the CIDH during its on-site investigation conducted in Chile. Classification of this file was handled in accordance with the criterion agreed upon at the 33rd session.

In a note of October 11, 1974, the Commission requested the Government cf Chile to provide the appropriate information. A copy of this note and its appendices was sent to the Delegation of Chile to the OAS on October 30, 1974.

In a note of March 3, 1975 (No. 3841) the Government of Chile replied by rejecting one part of the denunciation as unfounded stating that there was no concrete evidence to that effect. It also provided the following information:

a) two of the individuals referred to in the denunciation were free; b) three of those minors were under conditional freedom, c) 11 minors were still being held, and d) it offered to send information on the 7 remaining individuals named in the request for information filed by the CIDH.

The Commission examined case 1878 together with the information provided by the Government of Chile during the course of its thirty-fifth session (May 1975). It decided the following: a) to request the Government of Chile to provide more information with regard to the minors still being held by virtue of the state of siege, as to whether the Government intends to release them in the near future bring them to trial, and b) to request that it kindly provide as soon as possible, the remaining data on the 7 minors with regard to whom the appropriate inquiries are being made.

Pursuant to the foregoing, a note was sent to the Government of Chile on August 5, 1975.

At its thirty-sixth session, the Commission looked into the status of this case and since the request for further information filed with the Government of Chile on August 5 was still in course, it decided to postpone examination of this case until its next session.