ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

OF MAY 30, 2014
VICTIM’S LEGAL ASSISTENCE FUND
CASE OF THE GARÍFUNA PUNTA PIEDRA COMMUNITY AND
ITS MEMBERS v. HONDURAS
HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief of October 1, 2013 and its attachments, which the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission" or "Commission") filed for the
Garifuna Punta Piedra Community and its members before the Inter-American Court of Human
Rights (hereinafter "the Court," "Court," or "the Tribunal"), for the State of Honduras
(hereinafter "the State" or "Honduras").
2.
The brief of January 3, 2014, in which the representatives of the alleged victims
(hereinafter "the representatives") filed their pleadings, motions, and evidence (hereinafter
"brief of pleadings and motions") and requested the application of the Victim’s Legal Assistance
Fund of the Court to "provide funding for litigation in this case, given the lack of economic
means to cover litigation expenses.”
3.
The note of the Secretariat of the Court of February 10, 2014, in which it was stated
that the representatives did not provide any specific probative evidence of the lack of financial
resources of the alleged victims in the case. In accordance with Articles 2 and 3 of the Rules of
Procedure for the Fund, the representatives, by no later than February 18, 2014, must provide
a sworn statement by the authorities of the community or other evidentiary means to prove
that the alleged victims “lack sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of the
proceedings before the Court.”
4.
The communication of February 21, 2014, in which the representatives requested an
extension to submit the documentation required given that “[t]he community is located at a
great distance and the insecurity in the region due to drug gangs impede the hiring of a notary
public who accepts entering the community to receive the sworn declaration of the members
authorized for that purpose.”
5.
The note of the Secretariat of the Court of February 21, 2014, wherein the requested
extension was provided and it was noted that the documentation must be provided by no later
than March 2, 2014.
6.
The communication of February 25, in which the representatives requested the
admission of testimonial and expert evidence in order to properly establish the violations
alleged in the brief pleadings and motions. In this regard, they noted that at the time of filing
the brief of pleadings and motions, "it was impossible to provide and attach the relevant parts
of the evidence that has now been offered in light of insurmountable difficulties given that the
represented community is a great distance away, approval of the assembly of the community
under the specific terms of their organization which requires collective knowledge and decision

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