In 2009, a coup unseated President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales. Four judges (the victims in this case) opposed the coup, and supported the preservation of democracy in the State, in line with the views of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States. The judges actively spoke out against the coup, and performed various judicial actions in support of democracy. After the coup, all four judges were subject to disciplinary proceedings and were removed from their positions. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: López Lone et al. v. Honduras