75th General Assembly
October 4-7, 2018
Coral Gables, Florida

WHEREAS in Colombia the National Attorney General's Office declared as crimes against humanity the murders of journalists Guzmán Quintero Torres on September 6, 1999 and Nelson Carvajal Carvajal on April 16, 1998, a declaration that converts these cases into imprescriptible ones

WHEREAS the families of Paúl Rivas, Javier Ortega and Efraín Segarra, of El Comercio of Ecuador, kidnapped and murdered in April 2018, criticize the slowness of the investigations by the Attorney General's Office and the silence of the government, and also there remains unpunished the murder of journalist Fausto Valdiviezo, committed on April 11, 2013

WHEREAS in Haiti there continues disappeared news photographer Vladimir Legagneur since 2018, without the authorities having solved the case, and since 2000 there have been murdered journalists Georges Henry Honorat, Pierre-Richard Alexandre, Benson Roc, Jean Liphete Nelson, Jean Richard Luis Charles, Jean-Rémy Badio, François Latour, Alix Joseph, Jacques Roche and Jean Leopold Dominique

WHEREAS there continues unsolved the murder of journalist Ángel Gahona on April 21, 2018 in Nicaragua

WHEREAS in Peru after 35 years of the disappearance of journalist Jaime Ayala, a La República journalist, after 31 years of the murder of Hugo Bustios, a journalist with the magazine Caretas, both cases continued to be unsolved and on November 20 the case of journalist David Choquepata was archived

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes "Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly"


to urge the governments of Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Peru to comply with their duty to investigate, identify and put on trial those responsible for the disappearances and murders of the journalists, ensure justice, truth and reparation for the families and not let the cases be abandoned

To urge the Prosecutor General of Ecuador, the Council of the Judiciary and the Judiciary in general to provide the necessary resources so that the cases of journalists killed in recent years, are investigated promptly and transparently, and intellectual and material authors of these crimes are convicted

to urge the government of Colombia to reactivate the investigations into the murders of Guzmán Quintero Torres and Nelson Carvajal, and to comply with all the acts of reparation ordered by the Inter-American Human Rights Court in the Carvajal case.