IACHR TAKES CASES TO INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Washington, November 11, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) submitted two cases to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights during the month of October 2008, against Barbados and Venezuela.
On October 31, the IACHR filed an application with the Inter-American Court against Barbados in Case No. 12.645, Tyrone DaCosta Cadogan, and requested that the Court grant provisional measures to protect the victim’s right to life and to humane treatment. The case involves the mandatory death sentence imposed on Mr. Tyrone DaCosta Cadogan by the Supreme Court of Barbados in 2005, in violation of fundamental rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights. In its application, the Commission maintained that the State of Barbados is responsible for violating the rights to life, to humane treatment, and to a fair trial, to the detriment of Mr. Tyrone DaCosta Cadogan.
On October 31, the IACHR also filed an application with the Inter-American Court against Venezuela in Case No. 11.633, Oscar Barreto Leiva. The case involves the violation of the right to a fair trial in the criminal proceedings in which Mr. Oscar Barreto Leiva was convicted of crimes against the public patrimony as a result of his tenure as Sectorial Director General of Administration and Services of the Ministry of the Secretariat of the Office of the Presidency of the Republic, and the consequent violations of the victim’s rights to personal liberty and judicial protection. In its application, the Commission maintained that the State of Venezuela violated, to the detriment of Mr. Barreto Leiva, the rights to personal liberty, to a fair trial, and to judicial protection guaranteed by the American Convention on Human Rights.
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