Information on whether the Peace and Justice Service of Uruguay (SERPAJ-Uruguay) writes letters to foreign governments supporting individual refugee claims [URY18865.E]

One of the national coordinators of the Peace and Justice Service of Uruguay (SERPAJ-Uruguay) stated that the organization had produced a letter earlier this year addressed to a Canadian government department recommending that a particular case be given special consideration for immigration purposes, on what could be termed humanitarian and compassionate grounds rather than on reasons of political asylum (3 Nov. 1994). The letter explains the specific circumstances of the case (ibid.). The coordinator added that this was done due to the exceptional circumstances faced by the subject(s) of the letter, and that it is certainly not a common or frequent SERPAJ-Uruguay practice (ibid.).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Servicio Paz y Justicia de Uruguay (SERPAJ-Uruguay), Montevideo. 2 November 1994. Telephone interview with national coordinator.