Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Velásquez-Rodríguez v. Honduras
Judgment of July 21, 1989
(Reparations and Costs)
In the Velásquez Rodríguez case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges:
Héctor Gros-Espiell, President
Héctor Fix-Zamudio, Vice-President
Rodolfo E. Piza E., Judge
Pedro Nikken, Judge
Rafael Nieto-Navia, Judge
Rigoberto Espinal-Irías, Judge ad hoc
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, interim Secretary
pursuant to Article 63 (1) of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter "the
Convention" or "the American Convention"), Article 44 (1) of the Court's Rules of Procedure, and
in accord with the judgment on the merits of July 29, 1988, the Court enters the following
judgment in the instant case brought by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against
the State of Honduras.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Commission")
submitted this case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court") on
April 24, 1986.
It originated in a complaint (No. 7920), against the State of Honduras
(hereinafter "Honduras" or "the Government"), lodged with the Secretariat of the Commission on
October 7, 1981.
In its judgment on the merits of July 29, 1988, the Court
Decides that Honduras is hereby required to pay fair compensation to the
next-of-kin of the victim.
Decides that the form and amount of such compensation, failing agreement
between Honduras and the Commission within six months of the date of this
judgment, shall be settled by the Court and, for that purpose, retains jurisdiction of