INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS CASE OF VILLARROEL MERINO ET AL V. ECUADOR JUDGMENT OF AUGUST 24, 2021 (Preliminary objections, merits, reparations and costs) In the Case of Villarroel Merino et al. v. Ecuador, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the Court”), composed of the following judges:* Elizabeth Odio Benito, President Eduardo Vio Grossi, Judge Humberto Antonio Sierra Porto, Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot, Judge Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, Judge, and Ricardo Pérez Manrique, Judge. also present Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary, and Romina I. Sijniensky, Deputy Secretary pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter “the American Convention” or “the Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 42, 65 and 67 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court (hereinafter also “the Rules of Procedure”), delivers this judgment. Judge L. Patricio Pazmiño Freire, Vice President of the Court, an Ecuadorian national, did not take part in the deliberation and signature of this judgment pursuant to the provisions of Articles 19(2) of the Court’s Statute and 19(1) of its Rules of Procedure. *

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