Washington College of Law
Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Communication 1922 (Chile)

1922, of April 12, 1975, requests action on the part of the Commission in connection with the secret trial against 15 members of the Chilean Revolutionary Leftist Movement (MIR), case No. 173-E, which began in the War Academy on March 15, 1975; during the proceedings, the accused had allegedly been denied access to adequate measures in their defense such as legal aid, lack of guarantee for their security and integrity, and so forth.

In a cable dated April 14, 1975, the Commission requested the Government of Chile to provide the appropriate information. A copy of that request was sent to the Chilean Delegation to the OAS on that same day.

On April 15, the claimant was informed of the steps taken with regard to the complaint.

In a cable dated April 22, received that same day, the Government of Chile replied to the request filed by the Commission by stating, in summary, that this denunciation was false inasmuch as the proceedings were conducted in accordance with the legal standards in force in Chile, that the accused were granted the right to legal aid, and that Mr. Pablo Camgiser served as their attorney.

The Commission acknowledged receipt to the Government of Chile on April 22, 1975, and a copy of this acknowledgment was transmitted to the Delegation of Chile to the OAS on that same date. On April 22, the information provided by the Government was transmitted to the claimant.

The Commission examined this case during its thirty-fifth session (May 1975), together with the information provided by the Government of Chile. It decided to file this case, without prejudice to reopening examination thereof should the claimant, within a reasonable period of time formulate observations on such information provided by the Government as may warrant comment.

This decision was brought to the attention of the Government of Chile through a note dated August 5, 1975, and to the attention to the claimant through a note dated August 19.

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