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Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
CASE 7530 (BOLIVIA)
March 8, 1982
- In a communication dated October 30, 1980, the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights received a denunciation that Mrs. Guillermina Soria was arrested by a paramilitary
group of the Bolivian Government Intelligence Service on September 22, 1980 and taken to
the Ministry of the Interior and later to the Miraflores barracks, where she was interrogated. In
October of that year she was held incommunicado at the Headquarters of the DOP in the Plaza Murillo in
the city of La Paz. According to the denunciation received, Mrs. Soria was subjected to illegal acts
and torture to the extent that she required the attention of a neurologist.
- In a cable dated November 4, 1980, the Commission transmitted the pertinent
parts of the denunciation to the Government of Bolivia, asking it to provide any information it
considered pertinent, as well as any terms of reference that would make it possible to decide whether
remedies under domestic law had been exhausted in the case in reference.
- Not having received a response from the Bolivian Government, the Commission, in
a note dated April 13, 1981, repeated its request for information, mentioning the possible
application of Article 39 of the Regulations concerning presumption of the truth of the facts. Despite this,
thus far, the IACHR has not received any response from the Bolivian Government.
- Article 39 of the Commission's Regulations establishes the following:
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 different conclusion.
- Thus far, the Bolivian Government has not answered the Commission's request for
information in its notes dated November 4, 1980 and April 13, 1981, which leads to the
presumption that no domestic remedies remain to be exhausted;
- The Bolivian Government's failure to answer the Commission's request for
information implies that there is no reason for holding the hearing for a friendly settlement
provided for in the Commission's Regulations,
THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
- Pursuant to Article 39 of the Regulations, to presume to be true the facts reported
in the communication dated November 4, 1980, arbitrary detention and illegal actions to which Mrs.
Guillermina Sorta was subjected.
- To point out to the Bolivian Government that these events constitute serious
violations of the right to humane treatment (Article 5) and of the right to personal liberty (Article
7) od the American Convention on Human Rights.
- To recommend to the Government of Bolivia: a) that it order a full and impartial
investigation to determine responsibility denounced, b) that, in accordance with Bolivian Law, it
punish those responsible, and c) that it inform the Commission within 90 days of the measures
- To convey this resolution to the Bolivian Government for the appropriate purposes
in accordance with article 44 of the Commission's Regulations.
- If, after the period established in paragraph 3 of this resolution, the Bolivian
Government has not set forth its observation, the Commission will include this resolution in its
Annual Report to the General Assembly in accordance with Article 59 paragraph (g) of the
[ Inter-American Human Rights