Communication 1887 (Chile)

1887. This file included 20 cases which, according to the denunciations, allegedly involve a series of violations of basic human rights, in particular, the individual's right to life, liberty, and security; the right to protection against arbitrary arrest and to due process (Arts. I, XXV and XXVI of the American Declaration). Classification of these cases was handled in accordance with the criterion agreed upon at the thirty-third session.

In a note dated October 11, 1974, the Commission requested the Government of Chile to provide the appropriate information.

The Government of Chile, in a note of January 20, 1975 (no. 1237), replied to the request for information. That reply was supplemented through a note dated February 28, 1975 (No. 3665 ). In summary the replies in provided the following information.

  1. Note 1237 (January 20) provides data on 16 individuals;
  2. Information on five individuals is still pending;
  3. Note 3665 (February 28) provides additional data on one case (Mr. Juan Anselmo Cortés Bode, rejecting the denuciation as unfounded and false.

The Commission examined this case at its thirty-fifth session (May 1975), together with the information provided by the Government of Chile. It decided the following:

  1. To transmit to the claimants the pertinent parts of the information provided by the Government of Chile on the case of Mr. Juan Anselmo Cortés Bode.
  2. To leave pending the case on this individual until such time as the claimants formulate their observations.
  3. To request the Government of Chile to provide information, as to whether the individuals being held by virtue of the state of siege will be released in the near future of whether, if there are charges, they will be brought to trial and
  4. To request the Government to provide, as seen as possible, the information on the results of the inquiries being conducted to establish the status of those individuals with regard to whom it offered, in the aforementioned notes, to provide the corresponding data.

Pursuant to points c and d of this decision, a note was sent to the Government of Chile on August 5, 1975. As for point a, a note was sent to the claimant on that same date.

At its thirty-sixth session (October 1975) the Commission locked into the status of this case and bearing in mind that the request for more 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.