INTER AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Mapiripán Massacre v. Colombia


Facts: This case deals with the international responsibility of the State of Colombia in murder, violence and abuses against the inhabitants of Mapiripán. Furthermore, the State did not respect his duty to investigate and sanction for the horror commited by militaries.

Claimants : Inter-American Commission for Human Rights following a petition from: “José Alvear Restrepo”, Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL)

Rights at stakes: Obligation to respect the right of the Convention, judicial protection, right to life, right to personal integrity, right to freedom, judicial guarantees.

Texts: Inter-American Convention for the prevention and repression of torture, International Convention for the Rights of the Child, Inter-American Convention for Human Rights (IACHR) : Art 1, 25, 4, 5, 7, 8

Solution: The Court estimated that the State of Colombia had violated the right to life, the right to human treatment, the right to freedom, the right to free circulation and the judicial protection of the victims.