Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case of Aloeboetoe et al. v. Suriname Judgment of December 4, 1991 (Merits) In the case of Aloeboetoe et al., the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges: Héctor Fix-Zamudio, President Thomas Buergenthal, Judge Rafael Nieto-Navia, Judge Sonia Picado-Sotela, Judge Julio A. Barberis, Judge Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, ad hoc judge; also present, Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Secretary and Ana María Reina, Deputy Secretary delivers the following judgment pursuant to Articles 44(1) and 45 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court in force for matters submitted to it prior to July 31, 1991 (hereinafter "the Rules") in the instant case submitted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Republic of Suriname (hereinafter "the Government" or "Suriname"). I 1. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission") submitted the instant case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court") on August 27, 1990. It originated in a petition (N° 10.150) against Suriname, which the Secretariat of the Commission received on January 15, 1988. 2. In filing the application with the Court, the Commission invoked Articles 51 and 61 of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Convention" or "the American Convention") and Article 50 of its Regulations, and requested that the Court determine whether the State in question had violated Articles 1 (Obligation to Respect Rights), 2 (Domestic Legal Effects), 4 (Right to Life), 5 (Right to Humane Treatment), 7 (Right to Personal Liberty) and 25 (Right to Judicial Protection) of the

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