IRRC No. 324

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and international humanitarian law: A comment on the Tablada Case

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On 30 October 1997, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereafter the Commission) adopted its report in the so-called Tablada case. The case concerned an attack launched by 42 armed persons on military barracks of the national armed forces in 1989 at La Tablada, Argentina. The attack precipitated a battle lasting approximately 30 hours and resulting in the deaths of 29 of the attackers and several State agents. The surviving attackers filed a complaint with the Commission alleging violations by State agents of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereafter the American Convention) and of rules of international humanitarian law. In its report the Commission examined in detail whether it was competent to apply international humanitarian law directly. It answered this question in the affirmative.

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