INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 EEUU March 21, 2013 Ref.: Case No. 12.577 Rochac Hernández et al El Salvador Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to submit to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case No. 12.577 Rochac Hernández et al concerning El Salvador (hereinafter “the State,” “the Salvadoran State,” or “El Salvador”), which involves the forced disappearance of the boys José Adrián Rochac Hernández, Santos Ernesto Salinas, Manuel Antonio Bonilla Osorio, and Ricardo Ayala Abarca, and the girl Emelinda Lorena Hernández between 1980 and 1982 in circumstances with similar characteristics: within the context of an armed conflict, after the execution of military operations in the so-called “counter-insurgency,” in which their relatives were either killed or managed to escape, and who were last seen with members of the armed forces, who abducted them and decided on their fate. More than 30 years have passed since the disappearance of the five victims in this case, but their fate and whereabouts have never been established. These crimes remain in impunity, given that the State did not conduct a serious and diligent investigation, within a reasonable period, on the forced disappearance of the victims, as a mechanism to guarantee their rights and to ensure the family members’ rights to truth, justice, and reparation. The Commission also concluded that El Salvador violated the right to family and special protection of the boys and the girl, because it was the State that, through the actions of its Armed Forces, separated the victims from their families by their forced disappearance. The State of El Salvador ratified the American Convention on Human Rights on June 23, 1978, and accepted the Court’s jurisdiction on June 6, 1995. Since on the latter date the boys and girl who were victims continued in forced disappearance, the Court is competent ratione temporis to rule on the instant case. Mr. Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary Inter-American Court of Human Rights Apartado 6906-1000 San José, Costa Rica Attachments

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