Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Godínez-Cruz v. Honduras
Judgment of July 21, 1989
(Reparations and Costs)

In the Godínez Cruz case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges:
Héctor Gros-Espiell, President
Héctor Fix-Zamudio, Vice-President
Rodolfo E. Piza E., Judge
Pedro Nikken, Judge
Rafael Nieto-Navia, Judge
Rigoberto Espinal-Irías, Judge ad hoc
also present:
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, interim Secretary
pursuant to Article 63 (1) of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the
Convention" or "the American Convention"), Article 44 (1) of the Court's Rules of Procedure, and
in accord with the judgment on the merits of January 20, 1989, the Court enters the following
judgment in the instant case brought by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against
the State of Honduras.
1.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission")
submitted this case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court") on
April 24, 1986.
It originated in a complaint (No. 8097), against the State of Honduras
(hereinafter "Honduras" or "the Government"), lodged with the Secretariat of the Commission on
October 9, 1982.
2.

In its judgment on the merits of January 20, 1989, the Court
5.
Decides that Honduras is hereby required to pay fair compensation to the next
of kin of the victim.
6.
Decides that the form and amount of such compensation shall be fixed by the
Court and, for this purpose, retains jurisdiction of the case.
(Godínez Cruz Case, Judgment of January 20, 1989. Series C No. 5, para. 203).

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