3 1. Conduct a special, rigorous, impartial, and effective investigation with the aim of trying and punishing the direct perpetrators and masterminds of the Plan de Sánchez massacre. 2. Make reparations both individually and at the community level for the consequences of the violation of the rights listed. Measures of reparation must include identification of all the victims of the Plan de Sánchez massacre, as well as adequate compensation for their next of kin and for survivors of the massacre. 3. To adopt such measures as may be necessary to avoid similar facts occurring in the future, in accordance with the duty of prevention and to ensure the fundamental rights set forth in the American Convention. 10. On May 1, 2002 the Commission sent said report to the State and granted two months, counted from the day it was sent, to comply with the recommendations set forth in it. That same day the Commission, pursuant to Article 43(3) of its Rules of Procedure, informed the petitioners that it had issued Report No. 25/02 and had sent it to the State, and granted them one month’s time to submit their position with respect to filing of the case before the Court. On May 30, 2002 the petitioners expressed their interest in submitting the case to the Court. 11. On July 1, 2002 the State expressed that it had acted in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission, contained in its Report on the merits. 12. The Inter-American Commission decided to file the instant case before the Inter-American Court. IV PROCEEDING BEFORE THE COURT 13. On July 31, 2002 the Inter-American Commission filed the application before the Court. 14. Pursuant to Article 22 of the Rules of Procedure, the Commission appointed as its delegates Susana Villarán and Santiago Canton, and as its counsel María Claudia Pulido, Isabel Madariaga and Ariel Dulitzky. Pursuant to Article 33 of the Rules of Procedure, the Commission also stated that the victims and their next of kin would be represented by the Plan de Sánchez (hereinafter “CALDH”, “the representatives of the victims and their next of kin” or “the representatives”). 15. On August 22, 2002 the Secretariat of the Court (hereinafter “the Secretariat”), after a preliminary examination of the application by the President of the Court (hereinafter “the President”), forwarded the application and its annexes to the State, and informed it of the terms to send its reply and to appoint its agents in the proceeding. That same day the Secretariat, under instruction by the President, informed the State of its right to appoint an ad hoc judge to participate in consideration of the case. On August 22, 2002 the Secretariat also forwarded the application to the representatives of the victims and their next of kin, and informed them that they had 30 days time to submit their brief with pleadings, motions, and evidence. 16. On September 27 and October 1, 2002 the representatives of the victims and their next of kin sent the brief with pleadings, motions, and evidence and its annexes, respectively. On October 3, 2002 the Secretariat forwarded the brief to the

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