REPORT ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN URUGUAY
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
After a careful and objective analysis of the information at its
disposal, the Commission has reached the conclusion that a regime exists in
Uruguay under which rights recognized in the American Declaration of the Rights
and Duties of Man have been violated.
The numerous denunciations received from Uruguay and from many other
sources which the Commission considers to be reliable, and the Uruguayan
Government's responses to the Commission's request for information and
recommendations, enable the Commission to affirm that there have been serious
violations of the following human rights in Uruguay: the right to life, to
liberty, and to personal security; the right to freedom of opinion, expression
and dissemination of ideas; the right to a fair trial; the right to due process
of law; the right of assembly and association, and the right to vote and to
participate in government.
In light of these conclusions and other observations made in this Report,
and without prejudice to the action that may be appropriate with regard to the
individual cases to which reference has been made, the Commission, in exercise
of the powers granted by its Statute, reiterates to the Government of Uruguay
To adopt the appropriate measures to cooperate with the Commission in a
more effective manner, by providing it the documents and information mentioned
above, and any other information that the Commission may request in the exercise
of its authority.
It order a thorough and impartial investigation in order to determine
those responsible for the deaths of those individuals who died as a result of
torture while being held under detention or arrest, and that it duly inform the
Commission of the results of such investigations.
It reestablish the prison or case visits made by the Supreme Court, which
were suspended by Law Nš 14.493 of December 29, 1975.
It exempt, in accordance with its laws, minors of 18 years or younger
from application of the Prompt Security Measures and, should they be involved in
an allegedly illegal act or acts incompatible with public order, it immediately
place them at the disposition of the competent Juvenile Court Judge and confine
them in quarters separate from those used for adult detainees.
It release, at the earliest possible date, all detainees against whom no
charges have been filed, including those detained in application of the Prompt
Security Measures, or else immediately submit them to a fair trial and due
process of law, should there be legal grounds for such action.
It adopt the measures necessary to prevent and curb any abuses committed