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RESOLUTION No 22/87
CASE 9467 (PERU)
June 30, 1987
HAVING SEEN the background information on this case, viz:
- In a communication dated October 1, 1984, the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights received the following petition:
FELIPE HUAMAN PALOMINO, of 32 years of age, was arrested in his home in
Ayacucho by members of the so called Republican Guard, dressed as civilians, on July 23,
1984. Police officials deny his detention. There is, however, information indicating his
detention at the Quicapata Barracks. In spite of the actions taken his whereabouts are
This case could constitute a violation of the American Convention on Human
Rights to which Peru is a State party.
- In a note dated November 5, 1984, the Commission requested the Government of
Peru to provide the pertinent information, in accordance with Article 31 of its Regulations.
- In a note dated January 30, 1985, the Commission repeated its request for
information to the Government of Peru and mentioned Article 39 of its Regulations whereby,
since no reply was received, the facts of the case may be presumed true.
- In a note dated March 6, 1985 (No 7-5-M/37), the Government of Peru provided
the following information:
With reference to case 9467, concerning Felipe Huamán Palomino, the Public
Prosecutor's office is making major efforts to obtain the requested information as soon as
- In a note dated March 19, 1985, the Commission transmitted the pertinent parts of
the information provided by the Government of Peru to the petitioner requesting that he submit
his comments thereon within 45 days.
- In his communications of May 3 and June 28, 1985, the petitioner furnished his
observations and comments on the Government's communication to the Commission including
additional complementary information on the case, summarized as follows:
That the Government of Peru was not actually responding to the IACHR's request
for information but only offering or promising to reply once the Government Attorney's office
completes its investigations;
- That Mr. Huamán Palomino's wife had submitted to the District Attorney, in
Ayacucho, on July 19, 1984, a sworn statement declaring that on July 17, 1984, a member of the
Republican Guard took Mr. Huamán to the military barracks at Quicapata where Mr. Huamán
disappeared; that she had requested information on her husband from the Investigations Police of
Peru, the Republican Guard, at "Los Cabitos" barracks and at the police precincts in Ayacucho
without results, and that the claim before the Public Prosecutor's office had not had any effect
- That in this case, as in others concerning presumed disappearances, it has been
communicated to the authorities that there have been obstructions when investigating on
disappeared persons and that in some cases "investigators have been denied any approach or
access to certain rural areas or detention centers and that these same concerns were denounced by
the Executive Secretary of the Andean Commission of Jurists in a Report dated October 1984"
(Ayacucho and Human Rights, Center/or Independence of Judges and Lawyers, No 14, pp.
- That the competency of the Government Attorney's office to carry out
investigations and verify arrests is questionable since the arrested parties were not placed or held
in ordinary prisons but in special detention centers created by the military;
- That the military authorities will not provide information to the Public Prosecutor's
office, and that especially in Ayacucho those lawyers devoted to defending political prisoners have
been persecuted and forced to leave after having been victims of terrorist attacks;
- That likewise, in Huamanga and Ayacucho, the district attorneys have been
threatened by security forces which explains the changing (in less than one year) of the District
Attorney in Huamanga, the position being vacant at that time, and that after the massacre of 34
rural citizens denounced by the District Attorney Jorge Zegarra Dongo, in 1984 in Soccos, two
armed men (presumably members of the P.I.P.) unlawfully searched his home and threatened said
Attorney forcing him to resign;
- That the same thing happened to the former District Attorney of Cangallo, Mr.
Luis Altamirano, who tried to speed up the investigations in that area, in particular the case
concerning the abuses committed by Colonel Armando Mellet Castillo and a General with the last
name of Noel; therefore we conclude that in cases of disappearance, such as that of Mr. Felipe
Huamán Palomino, competent judicial authorities are prevented from carrying out their tasks and,
therefore, justice is denied to the victims and their relatives.
- In its note of October 11, 1985 the Commission again reiterated to the
Government of Peru the information offered on the results of the investigations on this case and
- In a note dated March 26, 1986 (No 7-5-M/44) the Government of Peru furnished
the following response:
In accordance with the domestic jurisdiction, investigations are still in process on
the facts presented in Note No 7-5-M/37, dated March 6, 1985 of this Permanent Mission.
- In its communication of April 16, 1986 the Commission sent the above transcribed
to the petitioner and requested him to submit his final observations on the case within 45 days.
- In a communication dated May 30, 1986 the petitioner provided the following
information and comments:
Case 9467 FELIPE HUAMAN PALOMINO
In its communication of March 26, 1986 the Government of Peru has not provided
any relevant information on the case of Mr. Felipe Huamán Palomino. In its previous
response, dated March 6, 1985 the Government did not respond to the facts denounced
before the IACHR on October 1, 1984 concerning Mr. Felipe Huamán Palomino; it has
only promised to respond once the Public Prosecutor's office completes its investigation.
Nevertheless, the Government of Peru's communication of March 26, 1986 does not
contain any information on the investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor's office,
as had been offered.
The Government promised to make major efforts to resolve this case. As we
pointed out in our communication of May 3, 1985, Mr. Huamán's wife submitted a sworn
statement nine months before to the District Attorney of Ayacucho, a necessary step in
order to investigate Mr. Huamán's disappearance. A year has passed and the Public
Prosecutor's office has had one year and nine months to investigate this case. The
Government of Peru promised to furnish the requested information as soon as possible and
has yet to do so.
- In its note of June 12, 1986 the Commission transmitted the petitioner's
observations to the Government of Peru, requesting it furnish all the information on the case
within 30 days.
- That this case meets the admissibility requirements set forth in the Commission's
- That the procedure before the Commission and the regulatory time limits have
- That the information provided by the Government of Peru in the case of Mr. Felipe
Huamán Palomino's disappearance, since July 23, 1984, in Ayacucho, is completely inadequate
and dilatory with regard to the nature of the Commission's requests and the process and results of
the investigations made by the competent authorities of Peru on this case.
- That based on the observations and comments submitted by the petitioner it is
affirmed that the facts claimed are true and that, moreover, the competent judicial authorities of
Peru have not been able to complete their investigations in a timely and formal manner whereby it
can be assumed that, in this case, the claimants were denied access to the domestic legislation
remedies or that the administration of justice was unduly delayed whereby the Commission is
exempt from the provisions of Article 46 a, of the American Convention on Human Rights, and
Article 37, paragraph 1 of its Regulations.
- That the information provided by the Government of Peru does not include
specific data on the authority in charge of the investigations; the actions taken; when to expect the
examining stage of the process to conclude (after two years) and its current status and, finally, if
there are any guilty parties presumed responsible for Mr. Huamán Palomino's disappearance.
- That, consequently, the Commission, in accordance with Article 42 of its
Regulations and lacking any facts to detract from the claim, concludes the facts to be true.
- That, moreover, in the case that is the subject matter of this Resolution the
Commission has been unable, by reason of the nature of the petition, that is, the forced
disappearance of Mr. Felipe Huamán Palomino, to apply the friendly settlement procedure set
forth in Article 48, paragraph 1, f of the American Convention on Human Rights and in Article 45
of its Regulations.
- That in accordance with Article 42 (formerly 39) of its Regulations the
Commission presumes the facts denounced to be true, as long as other evidence does not lead to a
THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS,
- To consider true the facts reported in the petition of October 1, 1984 concerning
the disappearance of Mr. Felipe Huamán Palomino, in Ayacucho, on July 23, 1984.
- To declare that this constitutes a very serious violation of the right to personal
liberty (Article 7) and the right to life (Article 4), established in the American Convention on
- To recommend to the Government of Peru that it carry out, as soon as possible, an
investigation on the events and punish the persons responsible with the most severe penalties
established in the internal legislation.
- To declare that the relatives of the victim are entitled to fair compensation,
according to law, and, therefore, that the Government of Peru grant said compensation.
- To request the Government of Peru to report to the Commission, within 60 days,
on the measures taken to implement the recommendations of this Resolution. If within that
period the Government of Peru has not submitted information, the Commission will include this
Resolution in its Annual Report to the General Assembly, in accordance with Article 63,
paragraph g of its Regulations.
- To transmit this Resolution to the Government of Peru and the petitioner.
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