Thursday, 19 May 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Portugal and the United Nations re:TORTURE

Marcos complaint sent to United Nations

by Pedro Silva Today at 2:33 pm

Joana Cipriano case

May 19, 2011

Important information to the media

Copy to:
Attorney General's Office
Portuguese Lawyer´s Association
International Amnesty

Given the important public interest of all cases of disappearances of children, which includes the interest earned by the case of the disappearance of Joana Cipriano Portuguese child, Marcos Aragão Correia, Attorney of Leonor Maria Domingos Cipriano and António Leandro David Silva, respectively mother and stepfather of this child, hereby publicly disclose the following:

1st - This past Tuesday, May 17, 2011, followed, via registered mail to the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, based in Switzerland, a formal complaint against the Portuguese Government by practice of brutal torture against mother and stepfather of the child Joana Cipriano;

2 - According to statistics consulted relatively to the Committee Against Torture, of the UN, this is the first time it was admitted to the United Nations a complaint of this type against Portugal, while all the earlier cases of other citizens against Portugal, for infringing Similar Human Rights, entered the European Court of Human Rights and not the United Nations (there is a legal impossibility to appeal simultaneously to both institutions with the same facts);

3 - We believe that this unprecedented case in the United Nations against the Portuguese government will result in a greater internationalism of the case of the disappearance of Joana Cipriano, leading to an increased pressure on the Portuguese authorities to reopen the case and investigate finally the case with a scientific and correct way, as never done so far;

4 - Attached to this email is in Word format, their joint complaint submitted against Portugal to the United Nations concerning the disappearance of Joana Cipriano and the brutal torture against their parents by agents of the Portuguese state, and we authorize public reproduction of the contents of the document;

5 - Additional information about the case of the disappearance of Joana Cipriano can be found on the official website of the Lawyer of the parents of the child, in the address

Funchal, May 19, 2011,

The lawyer of the mother and stepfather of Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro

Marcos Aragão Correia.


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