ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF MARCH 1, 2013
VICTIMS’ LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUND
CASE OF TIDE MENDEZ ET AL. v. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief of July 12, 2012 and its attachment, in which the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the
Commission”) submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the
Inter-American Court” or “the Court”) an application against the Dominican Republic
(hereinafter the “Dominican Republic” or “the State”). The attachments to said brief were
received by the Secretariat of the Court (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) on July 26, 2012.
2.
The brief of October 30, 2012, in which the representatives of the alleged victims1
(hereinafter “the representatives”) presented their brief of pleadings, motions and evidence
in this case (hereinafter the “brief of pleadings and motions”). The attachments to said
brief, including the sworn statements of William Medina Ferreras, Berson Gelin, Jeannise
Midy, Antonio Sesión and Víctor Jean and Benito Tide Méndez were received on November
19, 2012 and the statement of Rafaelito Pérez Charles was received on November 20, 2012.
In the brief of pleadings and motions the alleged victims, through their representatives,
requested access to the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights (hereinafter “the Assistance Fund of the Court” or “the Fund”) to “cover some
specific costs related to the production of evidence during the proceeding before the Court”
(infra Considering paragraph 5).
3.
The communications of December 7, 2013 in which the Secretariat informed the
parties that the request by the alleged victims to have access to the Fund would be
examined and submitted to the consideration of the President of the Court (hereinafter “the
President”).
4.
The brief of February 10, 2013, in which the State submitted its brief containing
preliminary objections, the answer to the submission of the case and observations to the brief
of pleadings and motions (hereinafter “answer brief”), in which it referred to the request of
the representatives to have access to the “Assistance Fund of the Court. ”

CONSIDERING THAT:

1

The representatives of the alleged victims are the Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA),
the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Columbia Law School, the Grupo del Apoyo a los Refugiados y
Repatriados (GARR), and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

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