The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights adopted a decision against the USA in a domestic violence case

Based on the considerations of facts and law, and having examined the evidence and arguments presented by the parties during the proceedings, the Commission concluded that the USA failed to act with due diligence to protect Jessica Lenahan and Leslie, Katheryn and Rebecca Gonzales from domestic violence, which violated the State’s obligation not to discriminate and to provide for equal protection before the law under Article II of the American Declaration.
04.03.2014, 17:57:12

Based on the considerations of facts and law, and having examined the evidence and arguments presented by the parties during the proceedings, the Commission concluded that the USA failed to act with due diligence to protect Jessica Lenahan and Leslie, Katheryn and Rebecca Gonzales from domestic violence, which violated the State’s obligation not to discriminate and to provide for equal protection before the law under Article II of the American Declaration.

The USA also failed to undertake reasonable measures to prevent the death of Leslie, Katheryn and Rebecca Gonzales in violation of their right to life under Article I of the American Declaration, in conjunction with their right to special protection as girl-children under Article VII of the American Declaration. Finally, the Commission concluded that the USA violated the right to judicial protection of Jessica Lenahan and her next-of kin, under Article XVIII of the American Declaration.

Please find the decision attached.

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