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Bustos v. Chile

February 5, 2001

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Bustos v. Chile

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

February 5, 2001

Facts

Chile (defendant) banned the showing of The Last Temptation of Christ (the film). The constitution in Chile established a system for prior censorship of cinematic films. Chile’s Cinematographic Classification Council (CCC) decided to allow the film to be shown but required that viewers be over 18 years old. A group filed a remedy of protection seeking to overturn the CCC’s decision on religious grounds. The Santiago Court of Appeals overturned the CCC’s decision that permitted the film to be shown, and the Chile Supreme Court of Justice affirmed. The film distributors (plaintiffs) filed to overturn the ban but were denied. In response, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the commission) submitted an application against Chile in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, claiming Chile violated, among other provisions, Article 13 (Freedom of Thought and Expression) of the American Convention on Human Rights (the convention).

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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