PRESS RELEASE

N° 18/08

 

IACHR TAKES CASE TO INTER-AMERICAN COURT

 

Washington, May 2, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) submitted a case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on April 1, 2008, against the Republic of Peru.

 

The IACHR filed the application with the Inter-American Court against Peru in Petition No. 12.357, Members of the Association of Discharged and Retired Staff of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru (CGR). The case involves the failure to enforce judgments of Peru’s Constitutional Court handed down on October 21, 1997, and January 26, 2001, which ordered the Office of the Comptroller General to pay members of the association the same salaries, bonuses, and benefits paid to active employees of that office who perform identical, similar, or equivalent functions to those performed by the discharged or retired staff members. These judgments apply to the 273 members of the CGR Association of Discharged and Retired Staff.

 

The State readjusted the victims’ pensions as of November 2002, but has yet to reinstate the pension amounts withheld from April 1993 to October 2002. The case was sent to the Inter-American Court because the Commission considered that the State failed to comply with substantive recommendations contained in the report on the merits approved by the IACHR in accordance with Article 50 of the American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission emphasized that failure to comply with judicial decisions not only affects judicial security but also violates the essential principles of the rule of law. In deciding to take this case to the Inter-American Court, the Commission took into account the considerations established in Article 44 of its Rules of Procedure.

 

 

Useful Links

Admissibility Report, Petition 12.357 in English

IACHR Web site

 

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