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RESOLUTION No. 55/81
CASE 4288 (CHILE)
October 16, 1981
- On May 7, 1979, Professor Eugenio Velasco L. attorney, a Chilean citizen,
forwarded the following communication to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:
I feel it my duty to inform you of another serious violation of my human right to
live in the country where I was born, recently committed by the military dictatorship that is
subjugating Chile. On August 6, 1976, I was kidnaped by the régime's political police and abruptly
thrown out of the country to Buenos Aires, along with Professor Jaime Castillo. The Government's pretext
for the expulsion was alleged activities damaging to national security. However, when asked to
specify them, it stated that it was unable to make them public because to do so would also endanger
After two and a half years in exile, I asked the Ministry of the Interior last
February 17 to authorize my return to Chile. I was notified on Aprll 26 by the Chilean Consul in this city of a decision issued by the Minister on Aprll 3 rejecting my request "for reasons of national
security". The decision was a confidential one, which was not made public in Chile, and I was notified
orally and received no copy of it.
- In a note of May 17, 1979, the Commission transmitted to the Government of
Chile the pertinent parts of the denunciation in accordance with Articles 42 of the Regulations, and
asked it to provide the corresponding information and any other background information that would
enable the Commission to determine whether domestic legal remedies had been exhausted in the case
addressed by the present request.
- On the same date the Commission wrote to the claimant and informed him how
communication had been handled.
- Since it received no reply from the Government to its note of May 17, 1979, the
Commission reiterated its request for information on February 24, 1981, and set a deadline of 30
days for receiving such information.
- The pertinent requirements established in Article 20 of the Statute of the
and other corresponding rules of the Statute and of the Regulations have been complied with;
- Article VIII of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man
establishes that: "Every person has a right to fix his residence within the territory of the state of which he is a national, to move about freely within such territory and not to leave it except by his own will";
- On April 26, 1979, Mr. Eugenio Velasco L. was notified by the Chilean Consul in
Los Angeles, California, USA, "of a decision issued by the Ministry on April 3 rejecting his
request to return to his country";
- To date, the Commission has received no reply from the Government of Chile
- Article 39 of the 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 other evidence does not lead to a different conclusion.
THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
- To declare that the Government of Chile violated Article VIII (right to residence
and movement) of the Americ.an Dec.laration of the Rights and Duties of Man by ordering the
expulsion of Mr. Eugenio Velasco L. from the country.
- To recommend to the Government of Chile: a) that it grant Mr. Eugenio Velasco
the permits necessary to return to his country and b) that it inform the Commission within 60 days as
to the measures taken to put these recommendations into practice.
- To communicate this resolution to the Government of Chile and to the claimant.
- To include this resolution in the Annual Report to the General Assembly of the
Organization of American States in accordance with Article 50.4 of the Regulations of the
Commission, if the Government of adopt the stated recommendations within the deadline
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