Contributed by Janet Phelan
365 Days and Holding….
It was a year ago today that I filed a request for precautionary measures with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The request asked for certain measures to be enacted for my safety and security—including that a guard be provided at my home for the periods of time I have to leave, in order to deter the repeated and illegal entries into my home.
Precautionary measures are considered to be emergency measures and the IACHR is mandated to deal with them as such. SEE THIS STORY
I’ve been waiting for a year for my request to be dealt with. In that year, my home has been entered dozens of times. Documents have been stolen, computers have been smashed and at one point, a jug of grape juice was poisoned. I collapsed but thankfully did not die.
As many of you know, I am a journalist by profession. You may not know that I was forced to flee the US in 2008 and that upon publication of my book, EXILE, which details the circumstances that forced me to flee my own country, my situation in my host country became fragile. When I filed my request with the IACHR, I named the host country as the perpetrator, acting upon orders of the United States government. Globalization at its worst…..
But the IACHR is now appearing to be afflicted with the same moral disorder that has compelled a Latin American country to take up the banner of the US’s vendetta. The venerable Commission appears to be acting as agents of the country whose murderous policies, directed against the elderly and minorities, were discussed in detail in my expose.
Ever so politely, the IACHR is simply failing to process my request.
My request for precautionary measures, enumerated as 16-559, is listed as “under