Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Case of Fairén-Garbi and Solís-Corrales v. Honduras
Judgment of March 15, 1989

In the Fairén Garbi and Solís Corrales case,
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges:
Rafael Nieto-Navia, President
Héctor Gros-Espiell, Vice-President
Rodolfo E. Piza E., Judge
Thomas Buergenthal, Judge
Pedro Nikken, Judge
Héctor Fix-Zamudio, Judge
Rigoberto Espinal-Irías, Judge ad hoc
Also present:
Charles Moyer, Secretary
Manuel Ventura, Deputy Secretary
delivers the following judgment pursuant to Article 44 (1) of its Rules of Procedure (hereinafter
"the Rules of Procedure") in the instant case submitted by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights against the State of Honduras.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission")
submitted the instant case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court")
on April 24, 1986. It originated in a petition (No. 7951) against the State of Honduras
(hereinafter "Honduras" or "the Government"), which the Secretariat of the Commission received
on January 14, 1982.
In submitting the case, the Commission invoked Articles 50 and 51 of the American
Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Convention" or "the American Convention") and
requested that the Court determine whether the State in question had violated Articles 4 (Right to
Life), 5 (Right to Humane Treatment) and 7 (Right to Personal Liberty) of the Convention in the
case of Francisco Fairén Garbi y Yolanda Solís Corrales. In addition, the Commission asked the
Court to rule that "the consequences of the situation that constituted the breach of such right or
freedom be remedied and that fair compensation be paid to the injured party or parties."
The petition filed with the Commission alleges that Costa Rican citizens, Francisco Fairén
Garbi, a student and public employee, and Yolanda Solís Corrales, a teacher, disappeared in
Honduras on December 11, 1981, as they were traveling through that country to México.
Honduran officials denied they entered Honduras. Nevertheless, the Government of Nicaragua
certified they had left Nicaragua for Honduras at the Las Manos border post, on December 11,

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