Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Case No. 1702 (GUATEMALA)
Communication No. 1702, of February 5, 1971, pertains to denunciation of various acts which allegedly violating human rights in Guatemala and, particularly, the death of many persons of the working class during the "state of siege" that the government declared beginning November 12, 1970.
The Commission considered this denunciation at its twenty-fifth Session (March 1971) and decided to request the corresponding information of the Government of Guatemala, in conformity with Articles 42 and 44 of its Regulations. Consequently, it addressed a note to that government on May 10, 1971.
At its twenty-sixth Session (October-November 1971) the Commission considered the status of Communication No. 1702 and observed that the government concerned had not answered its note of May 10, 1971. Consequently, it decided to reiterate its request for information, referring to the 180-day period established in Article 51 of its Regulations for supplying the corresponding information.
In conformity with this decision, the Commission addressed the aforementioned government in a note of November 16, 1971.
At its twenty-seventh Session (February-March 1972), the Commission again found that it was impossible to consider the case as the Government of Guatemala had not yet answered its repeated requests for the corresponding information on the facts reported to it.
Consequently, it decided to again reiterate to that government its request for the aforesaid information, again referring to the period established in Article 51 of its Regulations.
In accordance with this decision, the Commission addressed the Government of Guatemala in a note dated March 30, 1972.
In conformity with its Regulations, the Commission transmitted the pertinent parts of the information supplied by the Government of Guatemala to the petitioners in a note dated May 23, 1972.
At its twenty-ninth Session (October 1972), the Commission considered Case No. 1702 and the information supplied by the government concerned, together with Case No. 1748 (Guatemala) and decided to postpone its decision on these cases until the rapporteur appointed for Case No. 1748 had presented his report, without prejudice to deciding on the cases either jointly or separately
In accordance with the recommendation of the rapporteur, the Commission decided at that session to postpone its decision on the substance of the acts mentioned in Case No. 1702 until such time as the Government of Guatemala replied to the request for information on the acts denounced n Case No. 1748, and to follow the same procedure in both matters.