Gonzalez and Fries v. Chile

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
Inter-American Commission

(Admissibility Decision), Report No. 14/09

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights found petitioners' claim, alleging that Chile unlawfully restricted the petitioners' right to seek and receive bio-safety information and violated their right to participate in public affairs regarding these topics, admissible as an alleged violation of Articles 8 and 13  but inadmissible with regards to Article 23 and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights. Articles 8, 13, 23, and 25 of the American Convention recognize the right of American peoples to a fair trial, freedom of thought and expression (including the right to information), participation in governmental affairs, and judicial protection, respectively. The claim was held inadmissible with regards to Articles 23 and 25 because petitioners failed to fully substantiate their claims with respect to these articles.