PRESS RELEASE

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE

IACHR ADMITS CASE AGAINST THE STATE OF NICARAGUA FOR VIOLATION TO A FAIR TRIAL

On November 1st, 2010 during its 140th regular period of session in Washinton DC, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) admitted the case regarding the assassination of Francisco José Garcia Valle for alleged violations of the right to a fair trial. The crime occurred on April the 8th, 2002, in Bluefields on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

María Luisa Acosta, well known human rights defender for indigenous peoples of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, was the alleged target of the assassination in which her husband Francisco José García Valle was killed by three hit men.

Real estate developer Peter Tsokos and his attorney Peter Martínez Fox were identified by Acosta as the intellectual authors of the crime. During the criminal trial Dr. Acosta was victimized by the Nicaraguan judicial system after she was accused of being a participant in her husband’s murder. Judges and magistrates improperly privileged the word of Tsokos and Martinez, rewarding them with impunity. The judiciary was incapable of assuring a fair trial for the victims and family. While two of the three hit men are presently incarcerated, the intellectual authors have not been pursued.

At the time of the assassination Dr. María Luisa Acosta was the Director for the Center of Legal Assistance for Indigenous Peoples (CALPI). She was working as legal counsel for indigenous and afro-descendant communities of the Pearl Lagoon Basin, the Indigenous Rama People and the Monkey Point afro-descendant community. The communities were resisting the encroachment of their traditional lands including the Pearl Cays of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

The case was filed to the IACHR by María Luisa Acosta, her children and her mother and father in law, on June 22th, 2007 against the State of Nicaragua, supported by the Center of Legal Assistance for Indigenous Peoples  (CALPI), the Center for Justice and Human Rights of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN), and the Nicaraguan Center of Human Rights (CENIDH).

The IACHR admits the case based on a prima facie analysis of the alleged violations carried out by the State of Nicaragua against Francisco José García Valle and his family, regarding their right to Humane Treatment, to a Fair Trial and to Judicial Protection, according to  Articles 5, 8 y 25, related to Article. 1.1, of the American Convention on Human Rights, which observance is promoted by IACHR.

The IACHR announces that now that the admissibility report has been adopted, the proceedings on the merits of the case shall be initiated. The decision has been published and will be included in the annual report of the IACHR to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

Contact information: CALPI, Tel: (505) 8853-3285 calpi.org@gmail.com; CEJUDHCAN  cejudcan@yahoo.com   or  CENIDH Tel: (505)2222-2563 direccion@cenidh.org

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