On August 26, 1996, there was an attack by the soldiers of the Colombian National Army against Mr. Luis Gonzalo "Richard" Vélez Restrepo, a journalist filming a protest demonstration. There were death threats made against Mr. Vélez Restrepo and his family, which intensified when Mr. Vélez Restrepo tried to advance domestic judicial proceedings against his attackers and finally resulted in Mr. Vélez Restrepo leaving Colombia to go into exile. A thorough investigation into the acts of violence and harassment against Mr. Vélez Restrepo was made impossible on the domestic level. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: Vélez Restrepo and Family v. Colombia, Case Summary