N° 57/10




Washington, D.C., June 7, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed two applications with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in May, in cases involving the Dominican Republic and Argentina.


On May 2, 2010, the IACHR filed an application in Case 11.324, Narciso González Medina et al., Dominican Republic. The case has to do with the forced disappearance of the university professor, columnist, and opposition leader Narciso González Medina as a consequence of his criticism of the military and of then-President Joaquín Balaguer, as well as his participation in the public accusation of electoral fraud in the 1994 presidential elections. Narciso González Medina was taken into custody by State officials on May 26, 1994. In the days after that, he was seen alive and in very poor conditions in various security offices under the custody of officials of the State. To date, his fate or whereabouts are unknown, and no serious, diligent, effective investigations have been carried out to clear up the facts, identify those responsible, and impose the appropriate punishment. Sixteen years after the events, Narciso González Medina is still disappeared, and the acts remain unpunished. The case is being sent to the Court based on the need for the Dominican Republic to search, seriously and diligently, for the whereabouts of Narciso González Medina, identify and punish those responsible, recover the military files related to the case, allow relatives access to the information, and arrange for reparation measures for the violations that have been perpetrated.


On May 4, 2010, the IACHR filed an application in Case 11.498, Jorge Fernando Grande, Argentina. The case has to do with Jorge Fernando Grande's being subjected to a criminal procedure marked by irregularities and undue delays, based on evidence that was later declared null and void, and the fact that the victim was not given an adequate remedy to repair him for damages that occurred during the criminal process in question. The case is being sent to the Court based on the need to obtain justice and reparation for the harm caused by the violations perpetrated against Jorge Fernando Grande.   


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.


Useful links

Report 16/98, Admissibility, Narciso González Medina et al., Dominican Republic

Report 3/02, Admissibility, Jorge Fernando Grande, Argentina

Applications filed by the IACHR to the Inter-American Court

IACHR Web site




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