ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF DECEMBER 12, 2013
VICTIMS’ LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUND
CASE OF ROCHAC HERNÁNDEZ ET AL. v. EL SALVADOR

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief of March 21, 2013, in which the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the Commission”) submitted to the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the
Court”) a case against the Republic of El Salvador (hereinafter “the State” or “El Salvador”).
The annexes to this brief were received by the Court’s Secretariat on April 8, 2013.
2.
The brief of July 24, 2013, in which the representatives of the presumed victims 1
(hereinafter “the representatives”) presented their brief with pleadings, motions and
evidence (hereinafter “the pleadings and motions brief”) with regard to this case. The
annexes to this brief were received by the Secretariat on August 13, 2013. The
representatives asked the Court to “grant the request for legal assistance by the
[presumed] victims in this case to cover some specific costs related to the production of
evidence during the proceedings before the Court in this case,” and described the expenses
to be covered by the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court of Human
Rights (hereinafter “the Court’s Assistance Fund” or “the Fund”).
3.
The communication of September 13, 2013, in which, among other matters, the
Secretariat advised the parties that the presumed victims’ request to access the Fund would
be examined and submitted to the consideration of the President of the Court (hereinafter
“the President”).
4.
The brief of November 7, 2013, in which the State forwarded its answer to the
submission of the case and with observations on the pleadings and motions brief.
CONSIDERING THAT:
1.
El Salvador has been a State Party to the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the American Convention” or “the Convention”) since June 23, 1978, and
accepted the contentious jurisdiction of the Court on June 6, 1995, pursuant to Article 62 of
this instrument.
2.
In 2008, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (hereinafter
“the OAS”) created the Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Human Rights System
(hereinafter “Assistance Fund of the Inter-American System”) and commissioned the OAS

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The presumed victims in this case appointed the Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos
as their representatives.

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