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Human rights cases in Ecuador, Peru investigated

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One case involves a man who died in Ecuadorian custody
  • Second case is about the rights of Peruvian trade union members
  • Organization of American States created the commission
  • Commission is an autonomous panel
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(CNN) -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Tuesday it had filed two applications with a regional human rights court to move forward on two South American cases.

One case involves the death of a man who was in Ecuadorian custody. The man, Pedro Miguel Vera Vera, was arrested on April 12, 1993. He had a gunshot wound and was taken to a public hospital.

"The next day he was released and transferred to a detention center, where he remained for four days without medical treatment," the commission said in a statement.

A court order finally allowed for him to be transferred to a hospital, but he was not operated on until six days later. He died hours after surgery, the commission said.

The commission's application to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights aims to learn the facts of the case and to identify those responsible.

The second case involves the rights of members of a Peruvian trade union.

The case alleges the violation of the right to judicial protection of the 233 members of the union because of the failure of the state to provide them with recourse to a wage law that was unlawfully enforced retroactively, the commission said.

"The State of Peru recognized its international responsibility for the lack of judicial protection; however, to date it has not adopted effective measures to provide adequate reparation," the statement said.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is an autonomous panel created by the Organization of American States. The commission consists of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country. They are elected by the OAS General Assembly.