INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
CASE OF CONTRERAS ET AL. v. EL SALVADOR

JUDGMENT OF AUGUST 31, 2011
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In the case of Contreras et al.,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights∗ (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the
Court”), composed of the following judges:
Diego García-Sayán, President
Manuel E. Ventura Robles, Judge
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge
Rhadys Abreu Blondet, Judge
Alberto Pérez Pérez, Judge, and
Eduardo Vio Grossi, Judge;
also present,
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary,**
pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Convention” or “the American Convention”) and Articles 31, 32, 62, 64, 65,
and 67 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court*** (hereinafter “the Rules of Procedure”),
delivers this judgment, structured as follows:

∗

Judge Leonardo A. Franco advised the Court that, for reasons beyond his control, he would be unable to
attend the deliberation of this judgment.

**
Deputy Secretary Emilia Segares Rodríguez informed the Court that she would not be present during the
deliberations on this Judgment for reasons of force majeure.

***

Rules of Procedure applied in this case are those approved by the Court at its eighty-fifth regular session
held from November 16 to 28, 2009, that entered into force on January 1, 2010, in keeping with the provisions of
Article 78 of the Rules of Procedure. This is notwithstanding Article 79(2) of the Rules of Procedure, which stipulates
that, “[i]n cases in which the Commission has adopted a report under Article 50 of the Convention before these
Rules of Procedure come into force, the presentation of the case before the Court will be governed by Articles 33
and 34 of the Rules of Procedure previously in force. Statements shall be received with the aid of the Victim’s Legal
Assistance Fund, and the dispositions of these Rules of Procedure shall apply.” The Report on Merits in this case was
issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on September 8, 2009 (infra para. 1).

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