This case refers to the State's imposition of life sentences on Mr. César Alberto Mendoza, Mr. Lucas Matías Mendoza, Mr. Ricardo David Videla Fernández, and Mr. Saúl Cristian Roldán Cajal, and reclusion for life on Mr. Claudio David Núñez for events that occurred when they were minors. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Convention to Prevent on Punish Torture. This case is important because it addresses the State's juvenile justice system, which allowed minors to be treated as adult offenders and subjected them to life imprisonment sentences, improper prison conditions, and torture.
Case Summary: Mendoza et al. v. Argentina