k.       Total number of reports published on merits

The graph illustrates the variation in the total number of reports on the merits of individual cases approved and published in the past five years.  The figures include reports in which the IACHR has rendered a decision on the alleged violation of the American Convention by the states parties and of the American Declaration by member states that have not yet ratified the Convention.  It should be pointed out that a report on the merits of a case may include decisions on several individual cases that have been previously processed individually.