IACHR TAKES CASE INVOLVING URUGUAY TO THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT
Washington, D.C., March 23, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed an application with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in a case related to Uruguay.
On March 16, 2010, the IACHR filed an application in Case 12.587, Alicia Barbani Duarte, María del Huerto Breccia, et al. (Depositors of the Banco de Montevideo), Uruguay. The case involves the fact that a group of Banco de Montevideo depositors were not given an impartial hearing before an Advisory Committee created under the Law for Restructuring the Financial System, or before the Tribunal for Contentious-Administrative Disputes, on their claims involving the transfer of their savings from the Banco de Montevideo to another bank without prior consultation. The application refers to the failure to provide the victims with a simple, speedy remedy to examine all the issues of fact and law related to the dispute. It also refers to the need for the State to establish a suitable, effective mechanism so that those identified as victims in the case, as well as the others in a group of more than 1,400 individuals in a similar situation, can have a place to turn to see if they meet the applicable criteria to receive compensation under the Law for Restructuring the Financial System.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.
Application in 12.587, Alicia Barbani Duarte, María del Huerto Breccia, et al. (Depositors of the Banco de Montevideo), Uruguay
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