INTER AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Massacre de la dos Erres v. Guatemala


Facts:This case deals with the responsibility of Guatemala for having failed his duty to investigate, sued and sanction military officers who killed, tortured and raped the people living in Las Erres.

Claimants : Inter-American Convention for Human Rights after a petition from : Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG); Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL )

Rights at stakes: Obligation to respect the rights of the Convention, freedom of thoughts and expression, protection of the family, the right to have a family name, right to life, right to personal integrity, judicial guarantee.

Texts: Inter-American Convention for Human Rights (IACHR) : Art 1, 13, 17, 18, 19, 25, 3, 4, 5, 8 ; Inter-American Convention for the prevention, sanction and elimination of violence against women ; Inter-American Convention for the prevention and represssion of torture.

Solution: The Court estimated that Guatemala had violated the three Conventions above.