ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
MARCH 22, 2012
CASE OF THE MASSACRES OF EL MOZOTE AND SURROUNDING AREAS
v. EL SALVADOR

HAVING SEEN:

1.
The brief submitting the case presented by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the Commission”) to the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the
Court”) of March 8, 2011, in which the Commission offered three expert opinions, indicating
their object, but not identifying one of the proposed expert witnesses.
2.
The note of March 15, 2011, in which the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court
(hereinafter the “the Secretariat”) stated that it would await further information from the
Inter-American Commission on the identity and curriculum vitae of a third expert witness
who was not named in the brief submitting the case (supra Having seen 1), the deadline for
submitting said information having expired on March 29, 2011, and the note of May 10,
2011, in which the Secretariat confirmed that said information was not received. Also, the
communication of May 27, 2011, in which the Commission submitted the name of the third
expert witness proposed, Mr. Juan Méndez, together with his curriculum vitae.
3.
The brief of August 12, 2011, in which the representatives of the alleged victims1
(hereinafter “the representatives”) submitted their pleadings, motions and evidence in this
case (hereinafter the “brief of pleadings and motions”), and offered eleven statements and
four expert opinions. Likewise, they submitted a request on behalf of the alleged victims to
have recourse to the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court
(hereinafter “the Victims’ Assistance Fund” or “the Assistance Fund” or “the Fund”) “to cover
specific costs related to the production of evidence during the proceedings before the
Court,” which were specified.

1
The alleged victims in this case appointed the Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional – CEJIL
(Center for Justice and International Law) and the Oficina de Tutela Legal del Arzobispado de San Salvador – OTLA
(Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador) as their representatives.

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