Order of the President of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
of January 16, 2008
Case of the “Street Children” (Villagrán Morales et al.)
v. Guatemala
(Monitoring Compliance with Judgment)

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The Order of the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
(hereinafter, the “Court”, the “Inter-American Court”, or the “Tribunal”) of December
13, 2007, whereby it was decided, inter alia:
To summon the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the representatives of the victim
and his next-of-kin and the State of Guatemala to hearing to be held in private at the seat of
the Tribunal in San José de Costa Rica, on February 1st, 2008, as from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 pm,
in order for the Court to obtain information from the State regarding those aspects that are still
pending compliance with the Judgment on

2.
The Communication of the State of Guatemala (hereinafter, the “State" or
“Guatemala”) in which it was pointed out that “due to the period of democratic
transition of the country, it [was] necessary to request a 30-day extension from the
date fixed for the [private hearing] to be conducted”.
CONSIDERING:
1.
It is an inherent power of the judicial functions of the Court to monitor
compliance with its decisions.
2.
That the State of Guatemala has been a State Party to the American Convention
(hereinafter, the “Convention” or the “American Convention”) since May 25, 1978, and
that it accepted the binding jurisdiction of the Court on March 9, 1987.
3.
That the President considers the argument raised by the State of Guatemala in
Having Seen clause 2 of this Order to be reasonable.
4.
That, based on the foregoing, this President deems it is worth considering the
request made by the State regarding the postponement of the private hearing.
THEREFORE:
THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS,
In exercise of the Court’s power to monitor compliance with its decisions, in
consultation with the other Judges of the Tribunal and pursuant to Articles 67 and
68(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights, article 25(1) of its Statute and
articles 14(1) and 29(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

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