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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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Mexico is responsible for sexual torture of women in Atenco

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 21, 2018. - In the judgment published today in the case of Women Victims of Sexual Torture in Atenco v. Mexico, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Court”) declared that the United Mexican States are responsible for the acts of sexual violence, rape and torture suffered by Yolanda Muñoz Diosdada, Norma Aidé Jiménez Osorio, María Patricia Romero Hernández, Mariana Selvas Gómez, Georgina Edith Rosales Gutiérrez, Ana María Velasco Rodríguez, Suhelen Gabriela Cuevas Jaramillo, Bárbara Italia Méndez Moreno, María Cristina Sánchez Hernández, Angélica Patricia Torres Linares and Claudia Hernández Martínez during the time of their detention and their transfer to the “Santiaguito” penitentiary (“CEPRESO”) on May 3 and 4 2006.

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Inter-American Court approves friendly settlement in the Case Trueba Arciniega et al. v. Mexico

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 20, 2018.- In the judgment published today in the Case Trueba Arciniega et al. v. Mexico, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Court”) approved and gave full legal effects to the friendly agreement that was reached by the Mexican State and the legal representatives of the family members of Mr. Mirey Trueba Arciniega.

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Mexico is responsible for forced disappearances occurred within the framework of citizen security work

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 20, 2018. - In the judgment published today in the Case Alvarado Espinoza et al. v. Mexico, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Court” or “Tribunal”), declared that the State of Mexico is internationally responsible for the forced disappearances of Nitza Paola Alvarado Espinoza, José Ángel Alvarado and Rocio Irene Alvarado Reyes, which occurred during the implementation of the Joint Operation Chihuahua and the fight against organized crime in Mexico, with the participation of the armed forces in security tasks. The Court also found the State responsible for the lack of due diligence and reasonable time in the framework of the investigations of the acts. Additionally, the State violated its duty to guarantee the rights of the relatives that were forced to move, suffered threats and harassment.

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Colombia is responsible for the forced disappearance of trade unionist, 31 years ago in Puerto Nare, Antioquia

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 19, 2018. - In the judgment published today in the case of Isaza Uribe et al. v. Colombia, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, taking into consideration the acknowledgment of responsibility of the State and the examination of the case, declared Colombia internationally responsible for the forced disappearance of Víctor Manuel Isaza Uribe, which occurred since November 19,1987 in the municipality of Puerto Nare, Department of Antioquia, when a group of unidentified men removed him from the jail of the municipality, where he was being held in preventive detention. Mister Isaza Uribe was a member of the labour union of workers of the industry of construction materials (SUTIMAC) and sympathizer of the political party Unón Patriótica (UP).

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Colombia is responsible for the death of three family members

San Jose, Costa Rica, December 18, 2018. - In the judgment published today in the Case Omeara Carrascal et al. v. Colombia, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, “the Court” or “Tribunal”), taking into consideration the partial recognition of international responsibility and the examination of the case, declared that the State of Colombia is responsible for: i) the violation of the right to life and personal integrity, to the detriment of Noel Emiro Omeara Carrascal and Héctor Álvarez Sánchez, for the attacks suffered and their subsequent deaths; ii) the forced disappearance and subsequent execution of Manuel Guillermo Omeara Miraval; iii) the violation of the judicial guarantees and legal protection, to the detriment of Noel Emiro Omeara Carrascal, Manuel Guillermo Omeara Miraval, Héctor Álvarez Sánchez and his relatives; iv) the violation of the rights to personal integrity, protection of the family and rights of the child, to the detriment of the relatives of Omeara Carrascal, Omeara Miraval and Álvarez Sánchez, due to the profound pain and suffering caused by the acts, and v) the violation of the right to Freedom of Movement and Residence, to the detriment of Carmen Teresa Omeara Miraval, Fabiola Álvarez Solano and her three children.

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Corte Interamericana publica, en conmemoración del Día de los Derechos Humanos, tres Cuadernillos de Jurisprudencia sobre Derechos de las Personas LGTBI, Derechos Políticos y Derecho a la Vida (Only in spanish)

San José, Costa Rica, 10 de diciembre de 2018 - En conmemoración por el Día de los Derechos Humanos, la Corte Interamericana publica tres nuevos Cuadernillos de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos No. 19, 20 y 21 sobre Derechos de las Personas LGTBI, Derechos Políticos y Derecho a la Vida. (Only in spanish)

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Corte Interamericana lanza Cuadernillo sobre su Jurisprudencia más relevante con respecto a El Salvador (Only in spanish)

San José, Costa Rica, 6 de diciembre de 2018 - La Corte Interamericana publica el “Cuadernillo de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos No. 18: Jurisprudencia contenciosa sobre El Salvador”. (Only in spanish)

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Corte Interamericana y Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja lanzan Cuadernillo de Jurisprudencia sobre interacción entre el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y el Derecho Internacional Humanitario (Only in spanish)

San José, Costa Rica, 05 de diciembre de 2018 - La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Corte IDH) y el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) publican el “Cuadernillo de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos No. 17: Interacción entre el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y el Derecho Internacional Humanitario”. (Only in spanish)

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