Claude Reyes et al. v. Chile (Ser. C No. 151)

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 09/20/2006 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
Inter-American Court

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights held that the State of Chile violated Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights by withholding information regarding a deforestation project that could be prejudicial to the environment, without justification. Additionally, the Court held that the State violated Article 8 and Article 25 of the Convention because no written decision was ever produced and the domestic courts lacked the capacity to adequately handle the case. Articles 13, 8, and 25 of the Convention recognize the right of American peoples to freedom of thought and protection, judicial guarantees, and judicial protection, respectively. The Court ordered the State to adopt the measures necessary to ensure the right of access to State-held information, provide training to public entities in matters relating to providing such access, and reimburse applicants' costs and expenses.