INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS
COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME

ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 E E U U

March 17, 2014
Ref.:

Caso No. 12.816
Adán Guillermo López Lone y otros
Honduras

Mr. Secretary:
I am pleased to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in
order to file Case No. 12.816 Adán Guillermo López Lone et al. v. Honduras (hereinafter “the State”, “the
Honduran State” or “Honduras”) before the jurisdiction of the Honorable Inter-American Court of
Human Rights. The instant case involves the disciplinary proceedings against judges Adán Guillermo
López Lone, Luis Alonso Chévez de la Rocha and Ramón Enrique Barrios Maldonado, as well as
magistrate Tirza del Carmen Flores Lanza, within the context of the coup that took place in Honduras in
June 2009. The victims were members of the “Association Judges for Democracy” which published press
releases describing the facts related to the dismissal of former President Zelaya as a coup, in opposition
to the official version of the Supreme Court of Justice, which argued that it was a constitutional
succession. The Commission concluded that the disciplinary proceedings were initiated with the aim of
sanctioning acts or expressions of the victims against the coup. The Commission also noted that the
proceedings were carried out in violation of the procedure established in the Constitution which
provided that the Supreme Court of Justice was the competent authority to decide on the dismissal of
the judges “after the proposal of the Consejo de la Carrera Judicial”. In opposition to that norm, the
dismissal took place by means of agreements of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Consejo de la
Carrera Judicial only intervened after the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, as an appeal
authority, despite such council was dependent of the Supreme Court.
The Commission also found irregularities that affected other components of due process. For
example, the Supreme Court did not act as an impartial authority, provided that its public positions of
legitimate the coup. Neither the victims had the opportunity to present a disqualification of the
members of the Consejo de la Carrera Judicial who were called to act on the council directly by its
president, with no previous process to guarantee its independence.
Mr.
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Apartado 6906-1000
San José, Costa Rica

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