December 2, 1999, at the headquarters of the Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or the “IACHR”) a
friendly settlement agreement concerning Case 11.808 – Valentín
Carrillo Saldaña was signed between the United Mexican States
(hereinafter “the Mexican State”) and the representatives of the
relatives of Mr. Carrillo Saldaña: the Committee for Solidarity and
Defense of Human Rights, (COSYDDHAC), and the Center for Justice and
International Law (CEJIL). The
friendly settlement proceeding for the case was initiated on December 1,
1998, at the proposal of the IACHR, and involved several meetings and
the signing of a first agreement between the parties on May 1, 1999.
The agreement signed yesterday contains the points agreed on by
the parties and the measures taken to remedy the consequences of
violations of Mr. Carrillo Saldaña’s human rights.
the delegation of the Mexican State was its Permanent Representative to
the Organization of American States, Ambassador Claude Heller.
Representatives for the petitioners were Dr. María Claudia
Pulido (CEJIL) and Joel Solomon (Human Rights Watch/Americas).
The IACHR was represented by its Chair, Prof. Robert K. Goldman;
the Rapporteur for Mexico, Comissioner Carlos Ayala Corao; the Assistant
Executive Secretary, Dr. David J. Padilla, and Dr. Mario López Garelli.
Commission commended the parties on the activities carried out during
this first successful friendly settlement proceeding.
Likewise, the IACHR expressed its satisfaction with this
important step toward full observance of human rights for the
inhabitants of Mexico, within the framework of international obligations
adopted by the State within the inter-American system.