On March 28, 1985, Mr. Nicholas Chapman Blake, a U.S. citizen and journalist, was abducted and murdered by agents of the Guatemalan State. His disappearance lasted over seven years until June 14, 1992, when his remains were found. Although the events took place before Guatemala accepted the Court’s jurisdiction, the lack of investigation and continuing disappearance of the victims continued after Guatemala’s acceptance of jurisdiction. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: Blake v. Guatemala, Case Summary