ORDER OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF FEBRUARY 5, 2013
CASE OF ALBÁN CORNEJO ET AL. v. ECUADOR
MONITORING COMPLIANCE WITH JUDGMENT

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The Judgment on merits, reparations, and costs delivered by the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court”, or “the Court”) on
November 22, 2007 (hereinafter “the Judgment”).1 In this Judgment, the Court indicated
that the authorities of the Republic of Ecuador (hereinafter “the State” or “Ecuador”) had
not responded seriously and with the due guarantees to the complaint filed by the parents
of Laura Susana Albán Cornejo, by failing to open the investigation into her death promptly.
In addition, the State itself acknowledged that the authorities had not conducted a diligent
and serious investigation in order to locate one of the treating physicians and, if
appropriate, obtaining the extradition of the accused. It decided that the State was
responsible for the violation, to the detriment of Carmen Susana Cornejo Alarcón de Albán
(hereinafter “Mrs. Cornejo”) and Bismarck Wagner Albán Sánchez, parents of Laura Susana
Albán Cornejo, of Articles 8(1) and 25(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the American Convention” or “the Convention”) in relation to Articles 4, 5(1)
and 1(1) of this treaty, and of Article 5 of the Convention, in relation to its Article 1(1),
owing to the absence of a judicial response to clarify the facts.
2.
The Orders on monitoring compliance with judgment issued by the Court on July 6,
2009, and August 27, 2010. In the latter Order, the Court declared:
1.
That it will maintain open the procedure of monitoring compliance with the aspects pending
compliance in the present case, namely:
a) To publish operative paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the Judgment, in the terms
of paragraph 10 of th[e] Order (fifth operative paragraph of the Judgment);
b) To disseminate widely, within a reasonable time, the rights of patients, using the
appropriate media and taking into account the legislation that exists in Ecuador and the
international standards, in the terms of paragraphs 162 and 163 of the Judgment (sixth
operative paragraph of the Judgment); and

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According to the facts of the case, on December 13, 1987, Laura Susana Albán Cornejo entered a private
hospital in Quito, Ecuador. On December 18 that year, while under medical treatment, she died, presumably as the
result of a medicine that was administered to her. Her parents, Carmen Susana Cornejo Alarcón de Albán and
Bismarck Wagner Albán Sánchez, in their interest to clarify the homicide of their daughter, searched for years to
obtain justice and the punishment of those responsible.

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