Case 2076 (Paraguay)

WHEREAS:

A communication dated June 7, 1976, denounced the detention of Mrs. Aída Angélica Ortíz in Asunción, together with her eleven-month old baby girl, Aída Alejandra, around mid-March of 1976;

According to the denunciation, Mrs. Ortíz is being held incommunicado under subhuman conditions and the whereabouts and fate of her child are unknown;

According to the claimant, at the time of her detention, Mrs. Ortíz was under strict medical care for chronic asthma, a cardiac condition, a change in the nervous system and liver problems, and thus, her life was in jeopardy;

By a cable dated August 12, 1976, the Commission transmitted to the Government of Paraguay the pertinent parts of the denunciation and requested that it provide the appropriate information (Article 42 of the Regulations);

By a cable dated November 5, 1976, the IACHR repeated its request for information to the Government of Paraguay;

Despite the length of time that has elapsed, the Government of Paraguay has not provided any information, and

Article 51.1 of the Regulations of the Commission provides the following:

  1. The occurrence of the events on which information has been requested will be presumed to be confirmed if the Government referred to has not supplied such information within 180 days of the request, provided always that the invalidity of the events denounced is not shown by other elements of proof.

THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

RESOLVES:

    1. In application of Article 51.1 of the Regulations, to presume the events denounced to be confirmed.
  1. To point out to the Government of Paraguay that such events constitute very serious violations of the right to liberty and personal security (Article I of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man); of the right to protection for the family (Article VI); of the right to protection for children (Article VIII); of the right to a fair trial (Article XVIII); of the right of protection from arbitrary arrest (Article XXV), and of the right to due process of law (Article XXVI).
  2. To recommend to the Government that it immediately release Mrs. Ortíz and her daughter Aída.
  3. To recommend to the Government that it punish, in accordance with its laws, those responsible for the events denounced and that within sixty days it inform the Commission of the measures taken.
  4. To forward this resolution to the Government of Paraguay and to the claimant.
  5. To include this resolution in its Annual Report to the General Assembly of the Organization (Article 9 (bis), c, iii. of the Statute).

Adopted at the 522nd meeting, May 13, 1977 (41st Session) and forwarded to the Government of Paraguay on May 27, 1977.