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Protecting the Right to Life of At-risk Children: the Street Children Case

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The Street Children case encompassed two main moments concerning the fate of five victims living in streets. On one hand, it was the actual kidnapping, torture and killing of the victims and, on the other hand, the failure of the jurisdictional organs of the State of Guatemala to handle appropriately the investigations into these crimes and to deliver justice. Despite the fact that their assailants, who were members of the Guatemalan police, have been clearly identified, nobody has ever been punished for the killing of these children. With regard to the actual kidnapping, treatment of children prior to their killings and their actual killings, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found violations of Article 7, Article 5 and Article 4 (right to life) in connection with Article 1.1 of the American Convention of Human Rights.

Keywords: Guatemalan police; Inter-American Convention of Human Rights; kidnapping; killing; right to life; Street Children case; torture



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