Greco case: they analyze the friendly settlement before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Artisan Juan Angel Greco died of a fire in his cell in 1990 at the age of 24.

Deputy Governor Analía Rach Quiroga led, this Wednesday, a meeting via video call, with the Attorney General of the Province Jorge Canteros in order to unite criteria and approach methodology against cases and works that involve the two powers of the State. The virtual meeting was attended by the secretary of Human Rights and Gender Silvana Pérez, the undersecretary of Human Rights Nayla Bosch, the director of Legal and Technical Advice of the Ministry of Government Roxana de los Santos and the Legal advisor and coordinator of the Human Rights Guard Kevin Nielsen.

The meeting revolved around two central themes: the progress of the Juan Ángel Greco case, who died in 1990 as a result of a fire in his cell at the Puerto Vilelas police station, in the context of his illegal detention, which led to a friendly settlement before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the coordination of the work of prevention and protection of human rights between the Secretariat for Human Rights and the Public Prosecutor’s Offices. “We work with the Justice to generate more spaces for articulation, we seek to enhance the work between the Executive Power and the Prosecutor’s Offices, understanding the times that these processes demand,” said Secretary for Human Rights and Gender Silvana Pérez.

Regarding the Greco Case, the progress of the friendly settlement before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was analyzed. In addition, progress was made in joint work as the prosecutors made a virtual system available to articulate the taking of cases that are carried out through the guardianship of the Secretariat for Human Rights and Gender. “The objective is a friendly solution before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to advance in the work of prevention of torture and protection of Human Rights, strengthening the commitment of the three powers of the State”, explained the undersecretary of Human Rights Nayla Bosch .

To this end, the provincial executive proposed holding periodic bimonthly meetings between the three powers, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the General Attorney and the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) to exchange the status of each of the points, show progress and strengthen commitment.

In this way, it responds to the third point of the act signed on March 3, which establishes the consolidation of a joint work agenda between the Attorney General’s Office and the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, in order to strengthen and enhance the work of the Prosecutor’s Offices Human Rights Specials of the Province, with a view to adopting a strategic criterion for selecting emblematic cases.

Juan Angel Greco case

On June 25, 1990, 24-year-old Juan Ángel Greco was illegally detained and mistreated when he tried to obtain police assistance by reporting an assault. While Greco was detained at the Puerto Vilelas Police Station, a fire broke out in his cell, in unexplained circumstances, which caused him serious burns.

The case was brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The petitioners maintained that the Police were responsible for setting the fire and delaying the victim’s transfer to the hospital for several hours. Greco was hospitalized until his death on July 4, 1990, and was buried, as reported by the petitioners, without an adequate autopsy.

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