On December 21, 1999, Army agents entered Mr. Oscar José Blanco Romero’s house by force, beat him, and detained him. On December 23, 1999, while Mr. Roberto Javier Hernández Paz was at his uncle’s house, officers from the State's Intelligence and Preventive Services Sector Bureau entered the house without an entry warrant and violently detained Mr. Hernández Paz. The agents placed Mr. Hernández Paz in a car and transported him to an unknown destination. Lastly, on December 21, 1999, Mr. José Francisco Rivas Fernández, was beaten and detained while staying at a shelter for victims of the floods in Vargas State. Since the respective detention dates of each victim, their whereabouts have been unknown. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons.
Case Summary: Blanco Romero et al. v. Venezuela, Case Summary