Order of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
of November 17, 2004
Case of the Caracazo v. Venezuela
(Compliance with Judgment)
HAVING SEEN:
1.
The judgment issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Court” or “the Inter-American Court”) on November 11, 1999, in
the operative paragraphs of which it decided,
unanimously,
1.
To take note of the acknowledgement by the State of Venezuela of the facts
mentioned in the application and declare[d] that the dispute about these ha[d] ceased.
2.
To take note, also, of the acknowledgement of responsibility by the State of
Venezuela and, in accordance with the terms of this acknowledgement, declare[d] that
the State violated the rights protected by Articles 4(1), 5, 7, 8(1), 25(1), 25(2)(a), and
27(3), in relation to Articles 1(1) and 2 of the American Convention on Human Rights, of
the persons cited in paragraph 1 of this judgment, and in the terms established herein.
3.
To take note, also, of the declaration of the State of Venezuela, with regard to
the investigations initiated in order to identify, prosecute and punish those responsible
for the facts mentioned in the application, and urge[d] the State to continue them.
4.
To initiate the procedure on reparations and costs and authorize[d] the
President to adopt the necessary procedural measures.

2.
The judgment issued by the Court on August 29, 2002 on reparations, in
which it decided,
unanimously,
1.
that pursuant to paragraphs 118 to 120 of the […] Judgment, the State must
undertake an effective investigation of the facts in this case and identify those
responsible for them, both principals and accessories before the fact, as well as possible
accessories after the fact, and punish them administratively and criminally as
appropriate; that the next of kin of the victims and the surviving victims must have full
access and the power to act at all stages and in all proceedings during said
investigations, in accordance with domestic legislation and the provisions of the
American Convention on Human Rights, and that the results of those investigations must
be made known to the public;
2.
that the State must find, exhume, identify by means of suitable techniques and
instruments, and deliver to their next of kin, pursuant to paragraphs 121 and 124 to 126
of the [...] Judgment, the mortal remains of the eighteen victims listed in those same
paragraphs;
1.
that the costs of burial of the mortal remains of the persons mentioned in the
previous operative paragraph, in a place chosen by their next of kin, must be paid by the
State, in accordance with paragraph 124 of the [...] Judgment;
4.
that the State must take all necessary steps to avoid recurrence of the
circumstances and facts of the instant case, in accordance with paragraph 127 of the
[...] Judgment, pursuant to which it will

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