INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
CASE OF ATALA RIFFO AND DAUGHTERS v. CHILE
JUDGMENT OF FEBRUARY 24, 2012
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In the case of Atala Riffo and daughters,
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, the “Inter-American Court” or the
“Court”) composed of the following judges1:
Diego García-Sayán, President;
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Vice-President;
Leonardo A. Franco, Judge;
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge;
Rhadys Abreu-Blondet, Judge;
Alberto Pérez Pérez, Judge;
Also present:
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary and,
Emilia Segares Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary;
Pursuant to Articles 62.3 and 63.1 of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter, the “Convention” or the “American Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 56, 57,
65 and 67 of the Court’s Rules of Procedure 2 (hereinafter, the “Rules of Procedure”)
delivers this Judgment.

1
According to article 19.1 of the Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Court, applicable to this case
(infra note 2), which sets forth that “[i]n the cases referred to in Article 44 of the Convention, a Judge who is a
national of the respondent State shall not be able to participate in the hearing and deliberation of the case”, Judge
Vio Grossi, of Chilean nationality, did not participate in the processing of this case nor in the deliberation of this
Judgment.
2
The Rules of Procedure approved by the Court at its Eighty-fifth Regular Period of Sessions held on
November 16-28, 2009, apply in this case in accordance with the provisions of Article 79 of said Rules of
Procedure. Article 79.2 of the Rules of Procedure stipulates that“[i]n cases in which the Commission has adopted a
report under Article 50 of the Convention before these Rules of Procedure have come into force, the presentation of
the case before the Court will be governed by Articles 33 and 34 of the Rules of Procedure previously in force.
Statements shall be received with the aid of the Victim’s Legal Assistance Fund, and the dispositions of these Rules
of Procedure shall apply”. Therefore, as to the presentation of the case, Articles 33 and 34 of the Rules of
Procedure approved by the Court at its Forty-ninth Regular Session, shall apply.

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