Order of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
of November 28, 2005
Case of Blanco-Romero et al. v. Venezuela
(Merits, Reparations and Costs)

In the Case of Blanco-Romero et al. v. Venezuela,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or
“the Court”), composed of the following judges:
Sergio García-Ramírez, President;
Alirio Abreu-Burelli, Vice President;
Oliver Jackman, Judge;
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, Judge;
Cecilia Medina-Quiroga, Judge;
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Judge; and
Diego García-Sayán, Judge;
also present,
Pablo Saavedra-Alessandri, Secretary, and
Emilia Segares-Rodríguez, Deputy Secretary,
pursuant to Articles 62(3) and 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Convention” or “the American Convention”) and Articles 29, 31,
53(2), 55, 56 and 58 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court (hereinafter “the Rules
of Procedure”), delivers the following Judgment.
I
INTRODUCTION OF THE CASE
1.
On July 9, 2004, pursuant to the provisions of Articles 50 and 61 of the
American Convention, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter
“the Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”) filed before the Court an
application against the Republic of Venezuela (hereinafter “the State” or
“Venezuela”) originating in petitions No. 12.256, 12.258 and 12.307, received at the
Secretariat of the Commission on March 3 and July 10, 2000, respectively.
2.
The Commission filed the application in the instant case for the Court to
determine whether the State had violated the rights protected in Articles 4(1) (Right
to Life); 5(1) and 5(2) (Right to Humane Treatment); 7(1), 7(2), 7(3), 7(4), 7(5)
and 7(6) (Right to Personal Liberty); 8(1) (Right to a Fair Trial); and 25 (Right to
Judicial Protection) of the American Convention, in relation to the obligation set forth

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