The facts of the case concern the forced disappearance in March 2005 and subsequent death of the trade unionist Gómez Virula, whose body was found six months later. It also addresses the ongoing lack of accountability and impunity surrounding the case.
Gómez Virula worked at a maquila and was an active affiliate of the union.
In its sentence, the IA Court considered that it lacked sufficient elements to determine that State agents were responsible for the disappearance and death of Gómez Virula, and dismissed allegations concerning the violation of the State’s obligation to guarantee the right to life, integrity and personal liberty.
However, it attributed responsibility for the lack of due diligence in the investigation of the disappearance of Gómez Virula, in spite of his union activities and of being in conflict with his workplace.
- Presentation to the IACommission
- Jul 17, 1995
- Submission to the IACourt
- Nov 12, 2017
- IACommission / Merits report: rights violated
ACHR 4.1, 5.1, 7.1, 1.1 5.1, 1.1 8.1, 25.1, 1.1 16.1
- IACourt / Judgment: rights violated
ACHR 8.1, 25.1, 1.1
- IACourt / Judgment: rights non-violated
ACHR 4, 5, 7, 1.1 5, 1.1 16, 1.1
- Effective judicial protection
- Trade union
- Court documents
- Documentos de la comisión
- Geolocalización de los hechos
- Geolocalización de los hechos (linked Place of the events)
- Gómez Virula