INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS
COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME

ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 EEUU
June 17, 2011
Re:

Case No. 12,651
César Alberto Mendoza et al.
(Perpetual imprisonment and confinement of adolescents)
Argentina

Dear Secretary:
I am pleased to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights in order to submit to the jurisdiction of the Honorable Inter-American
Court of Human Rights Case No. 12,651, César Alberto Mendoza et al. (Perpetual
imprisonment and confinement of adolescents) with regard to the Argentine
Republic (hereinafter “the State,” “the Argentine State,” or “Argentina”). This case
has to do with the arbitrary imposition of the sentences of perpetual imprisonment
on César Alberto Mendoza, Claudio David Núñez, Lucas Matías Mendoza, and Saúl
Cristian Roldán Cajal, and of perpetual confinement on Ricardo David Videla
Fernández, for acts that occurred when they were still children. These penalties
were imposed pursuant to an adolescent justice system that allows for them to be
treated like adult offenders. In addition, the respective judicial authorities acted in
repudiation of the international standards applicable to juvenile criminal justice, in
particular, that deprivation of liberty should be used only as a last resort and for the
shortest possible time, as well as the obligation to ensure a periodic review of the
possibility of release from prison. This situation was aggravated by the restrictions
on the scope of the review, by means of motions for cassation filed by the victims,
which resulted in them not being able to argue fact issues and evidentiary issues by
means of those motions, and which consolidated the injustice brought about by the
sentencing of the adolescents to perpetual imprisonment and confinement.
Mr. Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Apartado 6906-1000
San José, Costa Rica
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