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The Inter-American Court inaugurated in El Salvador the online module of the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”

San José, Costa Rica, May 17, 2019.- On May 8, the Inter-American Court inaugurated the online module of the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”, aimed at members of the Judicial Branch, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Attorney General, among other institutions for the protection of human rights of this country.

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Inter-American Court held a Special Session in Uruguay from May 6 to 10

San José, Costa Rica, May 13, 2019.- Between May 6 and 10, 2019, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights held its 60th Special Session in Montevideo thanks to an invitation from the Government of Uruguay. The Inter-American Court also thanks the German Cooperation Agency, GIZ, for the technical support provided.

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Inter-American Court will hold Special Session in Argentina from May 13 to May 17

San Jose, Costa Rica, May 10, 2019.- Between May 13 and 17, 2019, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will hold its 61th Period of Special Session in Buenos Aires thanks to an invitation from the Government of Argentina. The Inter-American Court thanks the Human Rights Center of the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, as well as the Rule of law Programme for Latin America of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for the support provided.

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Peru is responsible for non-payment of pension to an old person

San Jose, Costa Rica, May 2, 2019.- In the judgment published on May 2, 2019 in the Case of Muelle Flores v. Peru the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) declared the international responsibility of Peru for not guaranteeing the victim’s right to pension for more than 27 years, which caused serious damage to the victim’s quality of life and had an impact on the health coverage of an old person in a situation of special protection and of disability.

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Inter-American Court to hold sessions in Uruguay from 6 to 10 May

San José, Costa Rica, April 30, 2019.- Between May 6 and 10, 2019, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will hold its 60th Special Session in Montevideo thanks to an invitation from the Government of Uruguay. The Inter-American Court, in turn, thanks the German Cooperation Agency, GIZ, for the provided technical support.

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The Inter-American Court inaugurated in Honduras the online module of the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”

San José, Costa Rica, April 3, 2019.- On March 29, the Inter-American Court inaugurated the online module of the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”, aimed at members of the Judicial Branch, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defense Office as well as members of some of the key institutions for the protection of human rights of this country.

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Inter-American Court inaugurated in El Salvador the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”

San José, Costa Rica, April 3, 2019.- On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Inter-American Court presented and carried out in El Salvador the initial module of the Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Several members of some of the key institutions for the protection of human rights in this country, inter alia, members of the Judicial Branch, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Public Defense Office participated in this initial attendance phase, which took place in the Judicial Service Training School of the National Judicial Council of El Salvador.

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The Inter-American Court inaugurated in Guatemala the “Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”

San José, Costa Rica, March 27, 2019.- On March 21 and 22, 2019, the Inter-American Court presented and carried out in Guatemala the initial module of the Update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Several members of some of the key institutions for the protection of human rights in this country, inter alia, members of the Judicial Branch, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Public Defense Office participated in this initial attendance phase, which took place in the Hearing Room of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Guatemala.

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Inter-American Court will hold its 130th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, March 15, 2019.- The Inter-American Court held its 130th Ordinary Period of Sessions in San José, Costa Rica, between March 4 and 15.

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The Inter-American Court inaugurated the update Course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

San José, Costa Rica, March 4, 2019.- On February 28 and March 1, 2019, the Inter-American Court presented and carried out in Honduras the initial module of the “Update course on Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”. More than 60 members of some of the key institutions for the protection of human rights in the Republic of Honduras participated in this initial attendance phase.

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Inter-American Court will hold its 130th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, March 1, 2019.- The Inter-American Court will hold its 130th Period of Regular Sessions from March 4-15 in San José, Costa Rica.

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Guatemala is responsible for not investigating possible threats and undue pressure on Judge Villaseñor Velarde

San Jose, Costa Rica, March 1, 2019.- In the judgment published today in the case of Villaseñor Velarde et al Vs. Guatemala, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) declared the international responsibility of Guatemala for not investigating possible threats and undue pressure on Judge Villaseñor Velarde in 1994 and beyond.

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Ecuador complied with the judgment issued in the Case of the Supreme Court of Justice (Quintana Coello et al.)

San Jose, Costa Rica, February 28, 2019.- In accordance with a decision issued on January 30, 2019 which has been served today, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared that Ecuador has complied with all the reparations that were ordered in favor of the 27 victims of the Case of the Supreme Court of Justice (Quintana Coello et al.) v. Ecuador as stated in the judgment of August 23, 2013. As a consequence, the Court decided to close and file the case.

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El Salvador is responsible for the arbitrary removal of the Judge Eduardo Colindres Schonenberg

San Jose, Costa Rica, February 20, 2019.- In the judgment published today in the Case of Colindres Schonenberg v. El Salvador, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) declared the international responsibility of El Salvador, for the arbitrary removal of Eduardo Colindres Schonenberg from his post as a judge of the Supreme Electoral Court.

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The Inter-American Court its celebrated 129 Ordinary Session

San José, Costa Rica, February 11, 2019. The Inter-American Court held its 129th Regular Session Between January 28 and February 8 in San José, Costa Rica.

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The Inter-American Court presents a historic collection of more than 2000 audio files of its public hearings

San José, Costa Rica, February 1, 2019 – The Inter-American Court of Human Rights presents the Audio Library of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado and the Vice-President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, will participate in the Inauguration of the Inter-American Judicial Year 2019

San José, Costa Rica, January 25, 2019.- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights will celebrate its 129th period of ordinary sessions between January 28 and February 8 in San José, Costa Rica.

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La Corte Interamericana celebra la designación del exjuez Manuel E. Ventura Robles como Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto de la República de Costa Rica (Only in spanish)

San José, Costa Rica, 10 de enero de 2019 - La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos celebra la designación del exjuez Manuel E. Ventura Robles como Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto de la República de Costa Rica.

Manuel E. Ventura Robles es un reconocido jurista con una distinguida trayectoria en el derecho internacional de los derechos humanos y ha jugado un papel fundamental, desde sus inicios, en el desarrollo de la Corte Interamericana. (Only in spanish)

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Chile is responsible for not granting judicial access to civil reparations to the relatives of victims of crimes against humanity

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 21, 2018. - In the judgment published today in the case of Órdenes Guerra et al. v. Chile, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, taking into consideration the broad acknowledgment of responsibility of the State, declared the international responsibility of Chile for the violation of the right to access to justice, as a consequence of the decisions of judicial authorities to reject civil claims for compensation for moral damages lodged by seven groups of people between 1997 and 2001, in relation to the kidnapping or detention and disappearing or execution of their family members by State agents in 1973 and 1974. Such judicial actions were rejected between 1999 and 2003, on the basis of the application of the statute of limitation period established in the Civil Code.

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Colombia is responsible for extrajudicial executions occurred in the departments of Arauca, Santander and Casanare between 1992 and 1997

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 21, 2018. - In the judgment published today, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Court” or “Tribunal”), declared that the State of Colombia is responsible for the death of Gustavo Giraldo Villamizar Duran, Elio Gelves Carrillo, Carlos Arturo Uva Velandia, Wilfredo Quiñonez Bárcenas, José Gregorio Romero Reyes and Albeiro Ramírez Jorge, which occurred at the hands of members of the armed forces of Colombia in the departments of Arauca, Santander and Casanare between 1992 and 1997.

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