Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Baena-Ricardo et al. v. Panamá
Judgment of November 18, 1999
(Preliminary Objections)

In the Baena Ricardo et al. case,
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court” or “the InterAmerican Court”), composed of the following judges*:
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, President
Máximo Pacheco-Gómez, Vice-President
Hernán Salgado-Pesantes, Judge
Oliver Jackman, Judge
Alirio Abreu-Burelli, Judge, and
Carlos Vicente de Roux-Rengifo, Judge
also present,
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Secretary and
Renzo Pomi, Deputy Secretary
in accordance with Article 36.6 of its Rules of Procedure (hereinafter “the Rules of
Procedure”), delivers the following judgment on the preliminary objections filed by
the State of Panama (hereinafter “the State” or “Panama”).
I
INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE
1.
This case was referred to the Court by the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”)
on January 16, 1998. It derived from petition number 11,325, received by the
Secretariat of the Commission on February 22, 1994.
II
FACTS SET OUT IN THE APPLICATION
2.
In the following paragraphs, the Court summarizes the facts alleged by the
Commission in the application that are relevant for considering the preliminary
objections.

*

Judge Sergio García Ramírez informed the Court that for reasons beyond his control, he was
unable to take part in the preparation, deliberation and signature of this judgment.

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