N° 5/08




 Washington, D.C., February 28, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) submitted a case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on February 4, 2008, against the Republic of Honduras.


The IACHR filed the application with the Inter-American Court against Honduras in Petition No. 12.507, Blanca Jeanette Kawas Fernández. The case involves the murder of the environmentalist Blanca Jeanette Kawas Fernández, which took place on the night of February 6, 1995, in the city of Tela’s “El Centro” neighborhood; the subsequent lack of due diligence in the investigation and punishment of those responsible for her death; and in general, the obstruction of justice and the lack of adequate reparations to her next of kin.


The case was sent to the Inter-American Court because the Commission believed that the State had not complied with substantive recommendations contained in the reports on the merits approved by the IACHR in accordance with Article 50 of the American Convention on Human Rights. In making this decision, the Commission took into account the considerations established in Article 44 of its Rules of Procedure.



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