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Peru is responsible for the enforced disappearance of five people

San José, Costa Rica, 30 October 2018. - In the judgment published today in the Case Terrones Silva et al v. Peru, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court) declared that Peru is responsible for the enforced disappearance of Wilfredo Terrones Silva, Teresa Díaz Aparicio, Néstor Rojas Medina and Cory Clodolia Tenicela Tello, as well as for the enforced disappearance and torture inflicted on Santiago Antezana Cueto.

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Guatemala is responsible for violating the right to health of people living with HIV

San José, Costa Rica, 25 October 2018.- In the judgment published today in the Case Cuscul Piraval et al v. Guatemala the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court) declared that Guatemala is responsible for violating the right to health, life, personal integrity, right to a fair trial and to judicial protection of several people living or having lived with HIV, as well as for committing discriminatory acts based on gender against two pregnant women. The Court also declared for the first time the responsibility of a State for the violation of the progressivity principle, since Guatemala failed to comply with their obligation to progressively develop the right to health.

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Peru is responsible for the enforced disappearance of Walter Munárriz Escobar

San Jose?, Costa Rica, 1 October 2018.- In the judgment published today in the Case Munárriz Escobar et al v. Peru the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court) declared that Peru is responsible for the enforced disappearance of Walter Munárriz Escobar.

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Inter-American Court held its 127th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, September 28 2018 - The Inter-American Court held its 127th Period of Regular Sessions from September 24-28 in San José, Costa Rica.

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Guatemala is responsible for the deaths of 11 indigenous people and the wounds inflicted to 29 other persons in the “Xamán Massacre”

San Jose, Costa Rica, 28 September 2018.- In the judgment published today in the case Coc Max et al v. Guatemala the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court) declared the State of Guatemala responsible for the deaths of 11 indigenous people and the wounds inflicted to 29 other persons in the “Xamán Massacre”. Three children were among the 11 people killed.

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Inter-American Court will hold its 127th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, Septembrer 20 2018- The Inter-American Court will hold its 127th Period of Regular Sessions from September 24-28 in San José, Costa Rica.

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Inter-Americal Court held its 59th Period of Special Sessions in San Salvador

San José, Costa Rica, 7 September 2018 - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held its 59th Period of Special Sessions, from 27-31 August in San Salvador, El Salvador. This was made possible due to the kind invitation made by the Goverment of El Salvador, as well as the financial support provided by the Kingdom of Norway and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

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Joint Press Release between the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Comission on Human Rights

San José, Costa Rica / Washington, D.C., 7 September 2018. – On 1 September 2018 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACourtHR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) met in order to deepen their inter-institutional dialogue. Both bodies thanked the Legal Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico for hosting this inter-institutional meeting at its headquarters.

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Inter-American Court visited the Mozote Department, with the purpose of supervising compliance with a judgment

San José, Costa Rica, 6 September 2018.- On 27, 29 and 30 August a delegation of the Court and from the Registry carried out a due-diligence to supervise compliance with the judgement issued in the case of the Massacres of el Mozote and nearby places v. El Salvador. During those days the delegation received information as regards compliance with the measures of reparation ordered in the judgment issued in 2012. The delegation that went to the Morazán Department was composed of Judge Humberto Antonio Sierra Porto as the acting President, Judge Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, Alexei Julio Estrada, Legal Director of the Court, as well as members of the Registry’s Supervision Unit. On 27 August Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito was also present in the meeting which was held in San Salvador (see infra).

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Joint Press Release between the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Government of Spain

San José, Costa Rica, 31 August 2018 – On 31 August 2018 Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, visited the seat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as part of his official visit to Costa Rica. Mr. Sánchez held a meeting with the President of the Court, Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, and the Secretary General, Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, as well as with members of both delegations.

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Inter-American Court held its 126th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, 24 August 2018- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held its 126th Period of Regular Sessions from 20-24 August in San José, Costa Rica.

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights publishes its session calendar for 2019

San José, Costa Rica, 23 august 2018. - Today the Inter American Court of Human Rights approved its session calendar for the year 2019.

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Inter-American Court will hold its 59th Period of Special Sessions in San Salvador

San José, Costa Rica, 17 August 2018- The Inter-American Court will hold its 59th Period of Special Sessions, from 27-31 August in San Salvador, El Salvador. This was made possible due to the kind invitation made by the Government of El Salvador, as well as the financial support provided by Norway and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Fundation.

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Inter-American Court will hold its 126th Period of Regular Sessions

San José, Costa Rica, 14 August 2018- The Inter-American Court will hold its 126th Period of Regular Sessions from 20-24 August in San José, Costa Rica.

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More than 1500 people attend the week of events in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the creation of the Inter American Court of Human Rights concludes

San José, Costa Rica, 23 July 2018 – From the 16th through the 19th of July, in the framework of the 125th Period of Regular Sessions, the Inter-American Court celebrated the “40th Anniversary of the entry into force of the American Convention on Human Rights and the creation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” in which more than a thousand people participated over four days of productive conferences and exchanges.

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Inter-American Court announces change of venue for the event on Thursday, 19 July 2018

The event on 19 July will take place in the Sala Magna (Large Lecture Hall) of the Ciudad de la Investigación of the University of Costa Rica. On the occasion of the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the entry into force of the American Convention on Human Rights and the creation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court will hold an International Seminar, entitled: “Successes and challenges in the regional human rights systems,” which will take place on 18 and 19 July 2018.

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“Our joint objective is the complete validity of human rights, democracy, and therule of law” Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor in the Inauguration of the 125th Period of Regular Sessions.

San José, Costa Rica, 17 July 2018- Yesterday began the 125th Period of Regular Session, which is dedicated to the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the entry into force of the American Convention on Human Rights and the Creation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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Advisory Opinion on the institution of asylum and its recognition as a human right in the Inter-American System of Protection

San José, Costa Rica, 12 July 018.- On May 30, 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) issued an Advisory Opinion on the Institution of Asylum and its Recognition as a Human Right in the Inter-American System. Notice was given to the parties today. This Advisory Opinion was requested by the State of Ecuador.

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Costa Rica is not responsible for violating the right to appeal the verdict in the Case Amrhein and others Vs. Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica, July 10, 2018.- In the judgment published today in the case Amrhein and others Vs. Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court) declared that remedies existed in the Costa Rican legislation that would allow a thorough revision of the imposed criminal sentences, and therefore declared that the State was not responsible for violating the right to appeal condemnatory verdicts.

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The President of the Republic of Costa Rica and the Secretary General of the un will visit the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the “40th Anniversary of the entry into force of the American Convention on Human Rights and of the creation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”

San José, Costa Rica, 9 July 2018.- Next Monday, 16 July 2018, his Excellency Mr. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica and his Excellency Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will visit the headquarters of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where there will be a meeting of the Plenary of the Court.

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