Order of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
of July 4, 2007
Case of Escué-Zapata v. Colombia
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In Case of Escué-Zapata v. Colombia,
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter, the "Inter-American Court", the
"Court" or the "Tribunal"), composed of the following judges:
Sergio García-Ramírez, Presidente;
Cecilia Medina-Quiroga, Vice-President;
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Judge;
Diego García-Sayán, Judge
Leonardo A. Franco, Judge;
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge;
Rhadys Abreu-Blondet, Judge and
Diego Eduardo López-Medina, ad- hoc Judge;
Also present:
Pablo Saavedra-Alessandri, Secretary
Emilia Segares-Rodríguez, Deputy 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 29, 31, 53(2),
55, 56 and 58 of the Court’s Rules of Procedure (hereinafter, the “Rules of Procedure”)
delivers this Judgment.
On May 16, 2006, in accordance with the terms of Articles 51 and 61 of the American
Convention, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter, the
"Commission" or the "Inter-American Commission") submitted an application to the Court
against the Republic of Colombia (hereinafter, the "State” or “Colombia”), originating in
petition Nº. 10.171, forwarded to the Secretariat of the Commission on February 26, 1988
by Mrs. Etelvina Zapata Escué.1 On October 24, 2005, the Commission adopted the Report
on Admissibility and Merits Nº 96/05 under the terms of Article 50 of the Convention, which
made certain recommendations to the State. On May 16, 2006, the Commission took into
account "the lack of substantial progress in the effective compliance" with the


On August 27, 2002, the “José Alvear Restrepo” Lawyers’ Collective Association (Asociación Colectiva de
Abogados Jose Alvear Restrepo) joined the case as co petitioner (appendixes to the complaint, file before the
Commission, page 275).

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