Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of El Amparo v. Venezuela
Order of the Court of April 16, 1997
(Interpretation of the Judgment of Reparations and Costs)
The Judgment on reparations of September 14, 1996, of the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court") in the El Amparo Case.
The brief of February 11, 1997, addressed to the Court by the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission"), endorsing the request of the
representatives of the victims’ relatives, and transmitted to the Court by the Secretariat of
the Commission on December 12, 1996, seeking the Court’s "interpretation" or clarification
in accordance with Article 67 of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the
Convention" or "the American Convention") of "the reparation order handed down by the
Honourable Court on September 14, 1996."
The final part of that brief, quoted by the Commission, referring to the content of
paragraphs 57 and 58, of the Judgment on Reparations which stated that Article 54 of the
Military Code of Justice had not been applied in that case.
The briefs submitted by the Commission in the El Amparo case showing that, by and
large, Article 54 of the Code of Military Justice had been applied by the President of the
Republic of Venezuela, Carlos Andrés Pérez.
That the transparency of this Tribunal's proceedings is enhanced by clarification,
when it so deems appropriate, of the content and scope of its Judgments, thereby
dissipating any doubts about them, and that they may not be challenged by merely formal
That in its application before the Court, the Commission stated that the President of
the Republic of Venezuela, Carlos Andrés Pérez, had decreed that no pre-trial investigation
should be initiated against Army Major Ricardo Pérez Gutiérrez, who had served as judge of