The Inter-American human rights system has produced a large number of rulings defining the different aspects of the American Convention. However, due to dictatorships in Latin America most of the work of the court has generally been about systemic human rights violations. One aspect that in general, jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court missed to elaborate on in depth, is the relation between the violation of human rights by state authorities and the use of tainted evidence.
The following paper briefly analyses two important cases in which the Inter-American Court finished excluding evidence that was obtained by state agents through different methods that ultimately violate a person’s human rights. In this context, the paper emphasizes the evolution of the Court’s opinion in this issue, when it comes to confront the states’ response: that the American Convention says nothing about the exclusion of evidence as a consequence of the violation of human rights.
- Exclusión de prueba,
- prueba ilícita,
- derechos humanos,
- declaración forzada,
- declaración coactiva.
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