Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Velásquez-Rodríguez v. Honduras
Judgment of June 26, 1987
(Preliminary Objections)

In the Velásquez Rodríguez case,
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges:
Thomas Buergenthal, President
Rafael Nieto-Navia, Vice President
Rodolfo E. Piza E., Judge
Pedro Nikken, Judge
Héctor Fix-Zamudio, Judge
Héctor Gros Espiell, Judge
Rigoberto Espinal Irías, Judge ad hoc
Also present:
Charles Moyer, Secretary
Manuel Ventura, Deputy Secretary
delivers the following judgment pursuant to Article 27(4) of its Rules of Procedure (hereinafter
"the Rules of Procedure") on the preliminary objections raised by the Government of Honduras
(hereinafter "the Government") in its submissions and in oral argument at the public hearing.

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1.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission")
submitted the instant case to the Court on April 24, 1986. It originated in a petition against
Honduras (No. 7920) which the Secretariat of the Commission received on October 7, 1981.
2.
In filing the application with the Court, the Commission invoked Articles 50 and 51 of the
American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Convention" or "the American
Convention") and requested that the Court determine whether the State in question had violated
Articles 4 (Right to Life), 5 (Right to Humane Treatment) and 7 (Right to Personal Liberty) of the
Convention in the case of Angel Manfredo Velásquez Rodríguez. The Commission also asked the

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