INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
CASE OF GARCÍA AND FAMILY MEMBERS v. GUATEMALA
JUDGMENT OF NOVEMBER 29, 2012
(MERITS, REPARATIONS AND COSTS)

In the case of García and family members,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the
Court”), composed of the following judges:
Diego García-Sayán, President
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Vice President
Leonardo A. Franco, Judge
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge
Rhadys Abreu Blondet, Judge
Alberto Pérez Pérez, Judge, and
Eduardo Vio Grossi, Judge;
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 American Convention” or “the Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 62, 64, 65
and 67 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court 1 (hereinafter “the Rules of Procedure”),
delivers this Judgment structured as follows:
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INTRODUCTION TO THE CASE AND PURPOSE OF THE DISPUTE
PROCEEDING BEFORE THE COURT
PARTIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND
ENDORSEMENT OF THE AGREEMENT ON REPARATIONS
COMPETENCE
PRIOR CONSIDERATIONS
A. Regarding the preliminary objection
B. Regarding determination of the presumed victims

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EVIDENCE
A. Documentary and testimonial evidence
B. Admission of the evidence

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The Rules of Procedure approved by the Court during its eighty-fifth regular session held form November
16 to 28, 2009.

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