Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Kawas-Fernández v. Honduras
Judgment of April 3, 2009
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In the case of Kawas-Fernández,
the Inter-American Court (hereinafter, “the Inter-American Court” or “the Court”),
composed of the following judges:
Cecilia Medina-Quiroga, President
Diego García-Sayán, Vice President
Sergio García-Ramírez, Judge
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Judge
Leonardo A. Franco, Judge
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge
Rhadys Abreu Blondet, Judge, and
Leo Valladares-Lanza, Judge ad hoc;
also present,
Pablo Saavedra-Alessandri, Secretary, and
Emilia Segares-Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter, “the Convention” or “the American Convention”) and Articles 29, 31, 53(2),
55, 56 and 58 of the Court’s Rules of Procedure (hereinafter, “the Rules of Procedure”),
delivers this Judgment.
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INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE AND PURPOSE OF THE DISPUTE
1.
On February 4, 2008, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 51 and 61 of the
American Convention, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter, “the
Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”) lodged before the Court an application
against the Republic of Honduras (hereinafter, “the State” or “Honduras”), which originated
from the petition submitted on January 13, 2003, by the Center for Justice and International
Law (hereinafter, “CEJIL”) and the Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación and Comunicación de
la Compañía de Jesús in Honduras (hereinafter, “ERIC”). On October 13, 2005, the
Commission adopted Report No. 67/051 declaring the petition admissible. Subsequently, on

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In Report on admissibility No. 67/05, the Commission decided to declare admissible petition No. 61/03
concerning the presumed violation of Articles 4, 8 and 25, in relation to Article 1(1), of the American Convention
(file of attachments to the application, appendix 2, fs. 683, para. 45).

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