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Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

Abstract

This research analyzed human rights violations against the children of the American continent over the past four decades, with a focus on the Latin American states. The research concentrated on the following crimes committed against children: extra-judicial killing, torture, sexual molestation, rape and forced disappearance. It analyzed, compared and organized over 60 judicial cases from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The overall research objective was to scrutinize the Court’s judicial interpretation of children’s human rights through direct consideration of the sentences’ text. To perform this objective, this research identified patterns of conduct in state violations of children’s human rights, through direct acts or tolerance. It vertically compared singular Court decisions and state conduct.

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