Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Communication No. 1693, dated November 23, 1970, denouncing persecution of the Transportation Industry Union. According to the complaint, these acts have taken the form of arbitrary arrest and trial of certain leaders of that union, on the charge of "creating anarchical situations contrary to democracy." The competent judge would have issued an order of release for the arrested persons, under bond, but the district attorney had refused to execute the order.
The Commission, in a note of November 28, 1970, requested the corresponding information from the Government of El Salvador in accordance with Articles 42 and 44 of the Regulations. That Government, in a note of January 14, 1971, replied stating that the corresponding investigations had been initiated, and that when this information was available it would be sent to the Commission.
In view of the foregoing, the Commission, at its Twenty-fifth Session (March 1971), decided to postpone its study of the case, notifying the Government concerned that it hoped to have the information offered within a reasonable period.
As of October 1971 this information had not been received, and the Commission, at its Twenty-sixth Session (October-November 1971), decided to repeat its request of November 28, 1970.