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Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Case 7464 (GUATEMALA)
June 25, 1981
- In a communication of August 11, 1980, the following denunciation
was made to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:
Douglas Sequeira López, 23, a married Nicaraguan citizen
and last-year medical student at the University of San Carlos,
Guatemala, was detained by Treasury security officers in Valle
Nuevo, on the border between El Salvador and Guatemala, on July
25, 1980, when he was returning in a TICA-BUS Company bus to
Guatemala City to continue his studies.
Despite innumerable efforts, his whereabouts are thus far
unknown. His arbitrary detention is denounced, and it is believed
that his life is in danger.
- In a note of August 12, 1980, the Commission transmitted the
pertinent portions of this denunciation to the Guatemalan
Government, requesting information on the case.
- In notes of December 16, 1980, and April 20, 1981, the Commission
again requested information from the Guatemalan Government.
- The Government has thus far not replied to the Commission's
requests for information.
- Article 39 of the Commission's Regulations provides as follows:
- The facts reported in the petition whose pertinent parts
have been transmitted to the government of the state in
reference shall be presumed to be true if, during the maximum
period set by the Commission under the provisions of Article 31
paragraph 5, the government has not provided the pertinent
information, as long as other evidence does not lead to a
THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
- Based on Article 39 of its Regulations, to presume to be true
the events reported in the communication of August 11, 1980,
concerning the arbitrary arrest and later disappearance of the
student Douglas Sequeira López.
- To declare that the Government of Guatemala violated Articles 7
(right to personal liberty), 8 (right to a fair trial), 22 (right to
freedom of movement and residence) and 25 (right to judicial
protection) of the American Convention on Human Rights.
- To recommend to the Guatemalan Government that it investigate the
events reported and, if warranted, punish those responsible, and
report its decision on this case to the Commission within 60 days.
- To transmit this resolution to the Government of Guatemala and to
- To include this resolution in the Commission's Annual Report to
the General Assembly of the Organization of American States pursuant
to Article 18 (f), of the Statute and Article 59 (g) of the
Regulations of the Commission.
Dr. Francisco Bertrand Galindo declined to hear and decide on
this case because he was living in Guatemala when the reported
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