ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

OF JUNE 5, 2012

CASE OF THE SANTO DOMINGO MASSACRE v. COLOMBIA

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief submitting the case presented by the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the Commission”) before the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court,” “the Court” or “the
Tribunal”) on July 8, 2011, wherein it offered two expert reports, for which it noted the
purpose of the reports but did not identify one of the proposed expert witnesses.
2.
The communication of August 9, 2011, wherein the Commission presented the
professional resume for Mr. Andrés Celis, offered as a second expert witness.
3.
The brief containing pleadings, motions, and evidence and its annexes (hereinafter
“brief containing pleadings and motions”) presented by the representatives of the alleged
victims1 (hereinafter “the representatives”) of November 21, 2011, wherein they offered 20
statements of the alleged victims, a testimonial statement, and five expert reports.
4.
The brief raising preliminary objections, answer to the application, and observations to
the brief containing pleadings and motions and its annexes (hereinafter “answer brief”),
received on March 9, 2012, wherein the Republic of Colombia (hereinafter “the State”) offered
a statement and five expert reports, without identifying the proposed individuals. The State
expressed, inter alia, that it would provide the names and curriculum vitaes of the experts to
the Court “as soon as possible”; it requested, if considered appropriate, the establishment of a
period for this to be done; and alternatively requested that, if the expert evidence was not
admitted, “the [Court] offer the names of international experts.” Moreover, it expressed that,
“in any [case], the State […] would take on the costs of the experts assigned ex oficio by the
Court.”
5.
The notes of the Secretariat of April 25, 2012, wherein the parties were informed that
the Court would hold a public hearing in this case during its XCV Regular Period of Sessions,

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The alleged victims in this case, appointed the Corporacion Colectivo de Abogados “Jose Alvear Restrepo”
(CCAJAR), Humanidad Vigente Corporación Jurídica (HCVJ), la Fundación de Derechos Humanos [The Human Rights
Foundation] “Joel Sierra”, the Asociación para la Protección Social Alternativa [the Association for Alternative Social
Protection] “Minga”, and attorneys Douglass Cassel, David Stahl, and Lisa Meyer.

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