Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case of Gangaram-Panday v. Suriname Judgment of December 4, 1991 (Preliminary Objections) In the Gangaram Panday case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges: Héctor Fix-Zamudio, President Thomas Buergenthal, Judge Rafael Nieto-Navia, Judge Sonia Picado-Sotela, Judge Julio A. Barberis, Judge Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, ad hoc Judge; also present, Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Secretary, and Ana Maria Reina, Deputy Secretary delivers the following judgment pursuant to Article 27(4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Court in force for matters submitted to it prior to July 31, 1991 (hereinafter “the Rules”), on the preliminary objections interposed by the Republic of Suriname (hereinafter “the Government” or “Suriname”). I 1. 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 August 27, 1990. It originated in a petition (N° 10.274) against Suriname, which the Secretariat of the Commission received on December 17, 1988. 2. In filing the application with the Court, the Commission invoked Articles 51 and 61 of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Convention” or “the American Convention”) and Article 50 of its Regulations, and requested that the Court determine whether the State in question had violated Articles 1 (Obligation to Respect Rights), 2 (Domestic Legal Effects), 4 (Right to Life), 5 (Right to Humane Treatment), 7 (Right to Personal Liberty) and 25 (Right to Judicial Protection) of the Convention, to the detriment of Mr. Choeramoenipersad Gangaram Panday, also known as Asok Gangaram Panday. The Commission also asked the Court “to adjudicate this case in accordance with the terms of the Convention, and to fix responsibility for the violation described herein and award just compensation to the victim’s next of kin.” It appointed the following Delegates to represent it in this

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