Uruguay: Whether individuals are randomly stopped by police in order to witness a drug seizure; police protection afforded to such individuals (1995-October 2004)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||22 October 2004|
|Citation / Document Symbol||URY43079.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uruguay: Whether individuals are randomly stopped by police in order to witness a drug seizure; police protection afforded to such individuals (1995-October 2004), 22 October 2004, URY43079.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/42df61bb20.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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No mention of individuals being randomly stopped by police in order to witness a drug seizure could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
In a 20 October 2004 telephone interview, a lawyer serving as an advisor at the Legal and Social Studies Institute of Uruguay (Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales de Uruguay, IELSUR), a Montevideo-based non-governmental organization with a mandate to promote and defend human rights (IELSUR n.d.), stated that he had never heard of cases in which individuals were forced to witness a police drug seizure, nor has his organization received any complaints of this type. The advisor added that individuals cannot be forced to testify against their will in legal proceedings (IELSUR 20 Oct. 2004).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales de Uruguay (IELSUR), Montevideo. 20 October 2004. Telephone interview with an advisor.
_____. n.d. "Presentación de nuestra organización."
Additional Sources Consulted
Oral source: The Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) Uruguay was unable to provide information within the time constraints of this Response.
Publications: Amnesty International. Annual Reports. 1998-2004.
Internet sites, including: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Indymedia Uruguay, Observa, El País [Montevideo] 2001-2004, Radio El Espectador [Montevideo], Realidad.com.uy, Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ) Uruguay.