Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACourtHR), San José (Costa Rica)
Interlocutory measures
Contentious cases
Advisory Opinions
Interlocutory measures

22.07.1981

Interlocutory judgment, No. G. 101/81 (Government of Costa Rica [in the matter of Viviana Gallardo et al.]), death of a prisoner on remand in Costa Rica / Direct referral of the case to the Court by the respondent Government

2 HRLJ 108 (1981)

13.11.1981

Decision, No. G. 101/81 (Government of Costa Rica [in the matter of Viviana Gallardo et al.]), Gallardo case inadmissible / Referral to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

2 HRLJ 328 (1981)

15.01.1988

Order, Three cases v. Honduras (disappeared people: Angel Manfredo Velásquez Rodríguez, Francisco Fairén Garbi and Yolanda Solís, Saúl Godinez Cruz)  order of the Court after assassination of witnesses in the three cases v. Honduras

9 HRLJ 104 (1988)

19.01.1988

Order, Three cases v. Honduras, second order of the Court to protect witnesses in the three cases v. Honduras
see also Juliane Kokott’s introduction: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights refers three cases v. Honduras to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 7 HRLJ 423 (1986)

9 HRLJ 105 (1988)

Contentious cases

29.07.1988

Velásquez Rodríguez v. Honduras, Practice of disappearances / Violation of right to life / Burden of proof / Exhaustion of domestic remedies

9 HRLJ 212 (1988)

08.08.1990

Bustíos & Rojas v. Peru, Provisional measures

11 HRLJ 257 (1990)

04.12.1991

Aloeboetoe et al. v. Suriname, The killing of seven civilians / Court accepts Suriname’s acknowledgment of responsibility and postpones judgment on reparations and costs

13 HRLJ 140 (1992)

10.09.1993

Aloeboetoe et al. v. Suriname, Reparations after killing of seven civilians: payment of US$ 453,102 to the heirs, creation of a Foundation, and reopening of a school ordered

14 HRLJ 413 (1993)

21.01.1994

Gangaram Panday v. Suriname, Suriname’s responsibility established for illegal detention, but not established for death in detention

15 HRLJ 168 (1994)

17.01.1995

Maqueda v. Argentina, Discontinuance of a case pending before the Court after friendly settlement arranged by the Commission with the respondent Government

16 HRLJ 151 (1995)

18.01.1995

El Amparo case v. Venezuela, Venezuela accepts responsibility for 1988 military operation which resulted in the killing of 14 fishermen from the town of “El Amparo” / Amount of reparations to be determined separately

16 HRLJ 149 (1995)

19.01.1995

Neira Alegría et al. v. Peru, Violation of the right to life by disproportionate use of force against dangerous armed rioters in the San Juan Bautista Penitentiary

16 HRLJ 403 (1995)

08.12.1995

Caballero Delgado and Santana v. Colombia, State party’s responsibility for detention and disappearance of two members of the 19 April Movement

17 HRLJ 24 (1996)

14.09.1996

El Amparo Case v. Venezuela, Reparations set at US$ 722,322.20 to be paid by Venezuela to the surviving victims and the families of 14 fishermen killed by soldiers and policemen

18 HRLJ 188 (1997)

29.01.1997

Caballero Delgado and Santana v. Colombia, Nature and amount of reparations for the violation of the right to life in cases of forced disappearances / Establishing the identity of a victim

19 HRLJ 43 (1998)

29.01.1997

Genie Lacayo v. Nicaragua, Death of Jean-Paul Genie Lacayo allegedly caused by General Ortega’s escort / Authorities’ obstruction of the judicial investigation and unwarranted delay in the process violate Art. 8 ACHR / Nicaragua ordered to pay 20,000 US$ to the victim’s father

19 HRLJ 186 (1998)

13.09.1997

Genie Lacayo v. Nicaragua, Request for revision of the Genie Lacayo judgment dismissed / Relevance of “new facts” or of a “continuing situation of violation of the rights enshrined in the ACHR”

19 HRLJ 197 (1998)

17.09.1997

Loayza Tamayo v. Peru, Unlawful deprivation of liberty since 1993 / Alleged collaborator of the subversive group “Shining Path” tried under the military and the civil court systems / Peru ordered to release the applicant and to pay compensation

19 HRLJ 203 (1998)

03.11.1997

Castillo Páez v. Peru, Practice of the Security Forces in Peru to carry out forced disappearances / Ernest Rafael Castillo Páez disappeared in 1991 / Peru ordered to compensate the victim’s next-of-kin

19 HRLJ 219 (1998)

12.11.1997

Suárez Rosero v. Ecuador, Unlawful deprivation of liberty, including i.a. 36 days of incommunicado detention, and denial of habeas corpus procedure for more than 14 months / Ecuador ordered to determine persons responsible

19 HRLJ 229 (1998)

24.01.1998

Blake v. Guatemala, Crime of forced disappearance committed before Guatemala’s recognition of the Court’s jurisdiction in 1987 / Victim’s fate not known until 1992 / Case still pending before the domestic courts / Violation of the Convention in respect of the victim’s relatives

19 HRLJ 393 (1998)

19.06.1998

Benavides Cevallos v. Ecuador, Forced disappearances in Ecuador / Friendly settlement reached / 1 million US Dollars paid to the victim’s parents

19 HRLJ 414 (1998)

27.11.1998

Loayza Tamayo v. Peru (Reparations), Contents and scope of measures of reparations / Weight of evidence / Compensation claim for damage to the victim’s “life plan”

20 HRLJ 194 (1999)

20.01.1999

Suárez Rosero v. Ecuador, Reparations in the case of Suárez Rosero v. Ecuador (unlawful deprivation of liberty)

22 HRLJ 202 (2001)

22.01.1999

Blake v. Guatemala, Reparations in the case of Blake v. Guatemala (crime of forced disappearance)

22 HRLJ 59 (2001)

30.05.1999

Castillo Petruzzi et al. v. Peru, Chilean civilians sentenced to life imprisonment by “faceless” military courts for the crime of treason (aggravated terrorism) / Essentials of due process violated

21 HRLJ 143 (2000)

24.09.1999

Constitutional Court case v. Peru, Peru’s withdrawal from the Court in litibus inadmissible

21 HRLJ 430 (2000)

24.09.1999

Ivcher Bronstein v. Peru, Peru’s withdrawal from the Court in litibus inadmissible

21 HRLJ 436 (2000)

29.09.1999

Cesti Hurtado v. Peru, Unlawful extension of military jurisdiction to a retired Army Captain definitively separated from service / State’s failure to comply with a habeas corpus decision in favour of the applicant

21 HRLJ 174 (2000)

11.11.1999

El Caracazo v. Venezuela, Venezuela acknowledges in 44 cases responsibility for excesses of State security forces in spring 1989 causing deaths and numerous violations of the Convention

22 HRLJ 211 (2001)

19.11.1999

Villagrán Morales et al. v. Guatemala (“The Street Children” Case), Abduction, torture and murder of youths by members of the National Police Force in Guatemala

21 HRLJ 195 (2000)

25.11.2000

Bámaca Velásquez v. Guatemala, Disappearance, torture and extrajudicial execution of a member of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit / Respect for mortal remains

22 HRLJ 367 (2001)

31.01.2001

Constitutional Court Case v. Peru, Three Constitutional Court Justices dismissed in May 1997, reinstated in November 2000 after President Fujimori resigned / Impeachment proceeding without fair trial or effective remedy / Peru ordered to pay arrears of salary

23 HRLJ 178 (2002)

05.02.2001

Olmedo Bustos et al. v. Chile, “The Last Temptation of Christ” / Prohibition to exhibit the film violates freedom of expression / Constitution allows prior censorship / Objective international responsibility of the State to modify domestic law

23 HRLJ 17 (2002)

14.03.2001

“Barrios Altos” case v. Peru, Assassinations committed in 1991 by agents of the Fujimori Government / State party recognizes its international responsibility in 2001 / Return under the jurisdiction of the Court / Laws of self-amnesty quashed for being incompatible with the American Convention

23 HRLJ 360 (2002)

06.03.2003

The Communities of the Jiguamiandó and the Curbaradó v. Colombia, Provisional measures to protect an identifiable group of 2,125 individuals, victims of acts of harassment and violence designed to cause forced displacement from their territory / Implementation of an agroindustrial oil palm project

24 HRLJ 169 (2003)

18.09.2003

Bulacio v. Argentina, Death in police custody after a “razzia” of the Argentine Federal Police / Obligation of the State to complete the investigation of the facts, to disseminate the results publicly, and to punish those responsible / Pecuniary and non-pecuniary reparation

25 HRLJ 191 (2004)

08.09.2005

Yean and Boscio Children v. Dominican Republic, Unlawful denial of the right to nationality / Ius soli principle so far not applicable to children whose fathers are Haitian migratory workers and thus considered to be “in transit” / State ordered to organize a public act apologizing to the victims / Compensation awarded

27 HRLJ 360 (2006)

04.07.2006

Ximenes-Lopes v. Brazil, Death while held under psychiatric treatment / Precarious State mental health care system / Acknowledgment of State liability

28 HRLJ 46 (2007)

25.11.2006

Castro Castro Prison v. Peru, Massacre at the maximum-security prison in Lima in May 1992 / State’s partial acknowledgment of international responsibility held to be insufficient / Apart from financial obligations, various measures of reparation ordered, i.a. inscription of the victims’ names to be represented in the monument “The Eye that Cries”

28 HRLJ 172 (2007)

27.06.2012

Kichwa Indigenous People of Sarayaku v. Ecuador, Exploitation of crude oil in the Amazonian region on lands allocated to indigenous communities / Sarayaku’s firm resistance regarding the oil companies’ devastating exploration activities / State’s obligation to guarantee the right to consultation in relation to the rights to indigenous communal property and cultural identity

34 HRLJ 26 (2014)

Advisory Opinions

24.09.1982

OC-1/82, “Other Treaties” Subject to the Consultative Jurisdiction of the Court (Art. 64 American Convention on Human Rights)

3 HRLJ 140 (1982)

24.09.1982

OC-2/82, The effect of reservations on the entry into force of the American Convention (Arts. 74 and 75)

3 HRLJ 153 (1982)

08.09.1983

OC-3/83, Restrictions to the Death Penalty (Arts. 4(2) and 4(4) American Convention on Human Rights)

4 HRLJ 339 (1983)

19.01.1984

OC-4/84, Proposed Amendments to the Naturalization Provision of the Constitution of Costa Rica

5 HRLJ 161 (1984)

13.11.1985

OC-5/85, Compulsory Membership in an Association Prescribed by Law for the Practice of Journalism (Arts. 13 and 29 American Convention on Human Rights)

7 HRLJ 74 (1986)

09.05.1986

OC-6/86, The word “laws” in Article 30 of the American Convention on Human Rights

7 HRLJ 231 (1986)

29.08.1986

OC-7/86, Enforceability of the right to reply or correction (Arts. 14(1), 1(1) and 2 American Convention on Human Rights)

7 HRLJ 238 (1986)

30.01.1987

OC-8/87, Habeas Corpus in Emergency Situations (Arts. 27(2), 25(1) and 7(6), American Convention on Human Rights)

9 HRLJ 94 (1988)

06.10.1987

OC-9/87, Judicial Guarantees in States of Emergency (Arts. 27(2), 25 and 8, American Convention on Human Rights)

9 HRLJ 204 (1988)

14.07.1989

OC-10/89, Interpretation of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man within the framework of Article 64 of the American Convention on Human Rights

11 HRLJ 118 (1990)

10.08.1990

OC-11/90, Exceptions to the Exhaustion of Domestic Remedies (Arts. 46(1), 46(2)(a) and 46(2)(b), American Convention on Human Rights)

12 HRLJ 20 (1991)

06.12.1991

OC-12/91, Compatibility of Draft Legislation with Article 8(2)(h) American Convention on Human Rights

13 HRLJ 149 (1992)

16.07.1993

OC-13/93, Certain Attributes of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Arts. 41, 42, 46, 47, 50 and 51 of the American Convention on Human Rights)

14 HRLJ 252 (1993)

09.12.1994

OC-14/94, International Responsibility for the Promulgation and Enforcement of Laws in Violation of the Convention (Arts. 1 and 2 American Convention on Human Rights)

16 HRLJ 9 (1995)

14.11.1997

OC-15/97, Exceptional preconditions required to review or amend a report already adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Art. 51 of the American Convention on Human Rights)

19 HRLJ 241 (1998)

01.10.1999

OC-16/99, The Right to Information on Consular Assistance within the Framework of the Guarantees of the Due Process of Law

21 HRLJ 24 (2000)

28.08.2002

OC-17/02, Juridical Condition and Human Rights of the Child

25 HRLJ 216 (2004)

17.09.2003

OC-18/03, Juridical Condition and Rights of Undocumented Migrants

25 HRLJ 233 (2004)