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
July 10, 2012
Ref.:

Case No. 12.606
Hermanos Landaeta Mejías y otros
Venezuela

Mr. Secretary:
I am pleased to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights in order to file Case No. 12.606 Landaeta Mejías Brothers et. al. vs. The
Bolivarian State of Venezuela (hereinafter “the State”, “the Venezuelan State” or
“Venezuela”) before the jurisdiction of the Honorable Inter-American Court of Human
Rights, regarding the extrajudicial execution of both brothers Landaeta Mejías, Igmar
Alexander and Eduardo José, 18 and 17 years old respectively, by forces of the Corp of
Public Order and Security of the Aragua State. After threats and harassment against
Igmar Alexander, he was extrajudicially executed on November 17, 1996;while a half
months later - on December 30, 1996 - his brother, the child Eduardo José, was illegally
and arbitrarily deprived of freedom, and the following day, during a supposed transfer,
he was extrajudicially executed. These facts are framed in a context of extrajudicial
executions in Venezuela, with special emphasis on the State of Aragua. The death of
both brothers remains unpunished. In the case of Igmar Alexander, the criminal
proceedings against the polices culminated with a dismissal, while in the case of
Eduardo José, after 16 years of his death, the criminal trial Is still ongoing.
The State ratified the American Convention on Human Rights on August 9, 1977,
and accepted the contentious jurisdiction of the Court on June 24, 1981.
The Commission has designated Commissioner Felipe González as its delegate
Likewise, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary and Silvia Serrano
Guzmán, attorney of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, will serve as legal
advisors.
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretario
Inter-American Court on Human Rights
Apartado 6906-1000
San José, Costa Rica

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