Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
ANNUAL REPORT 1973
OBSERVATIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED
In the period covered by this report, the Commission considered 69 communications or complaints from individuals and organizations denouncing 74 specific cases of alleged violations of human rights. In addition, it received 156 communications reporting on the general status of such rights.
After processing each case (articles 37-51 of its Regulations), the Commission proceeded to examine the evidence adduced by the government concerned or by the person making the denunciation, or the evidence that the Commission itself was able to gather, in accordance with Article 50 of the Regulations, applying, as appropriate, the rule on the presumption of proof set forth in Article 51.
The Commission believes that in its annual report to the General Assembly it is appropriate to comment only on those cases for which the processing and examination were completed during the period covered, in which the violation of human rights was proven, and regarding which appropriate recommendations were made to the government against which the denunciations had been made, pursuant to Article 52 of the Regulations.
Therefore, in compliance with Resolution XXII of the Second Special Inter-American Conference (paragraph 4) and Article 150 of the Charter of the OAS, and with the procedure set forth in Article 57 of its Regulations, the Commission submits to the General Assembly for consideration such observations as it considers appropriate with regard to the cases that meet the aforesaid requirements.