INTER - AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
COMISION INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS
COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME
ORGANIZACIÓN DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 0 0 0 6 EEUU
February 22, 2011
Ref.:

Case No. 12.605
Joe Luís Castillo González et.al.
Venezuela

Mr. Secretary:
I am pleased to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights in order to file Case No. 12.605, Joe Luís Castillo González v. the Bolivarian Republic
of Venezuela (hereinafter “the State,” “the Venezuelan State” or “Venezuela”), before the
jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The State ratified the American
Convention on Human Rights on August 9, 1977, and accepted the contentious jurisdiction
of the Court on June 24, 1981.
The Commission has designated Commissioner Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, and
Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Santiago A. Canton, as its delegates. Likewise, Elizabeth
Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary, and Silvia Serrano Guzmán and María José
Veramendi Villa, attorneys at the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR will serve as legal
advisors.
In accordance with Article 35 of the Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Court,
the Commission is enclosing with this communication a copy of report 120/10 prepared in
accordance with Article 50 of the American Convention, as well as a copy of the entire file
before the Inter-American Commission (Appendix I) and the annexes used in drafting report
120/10 (Annexes). Said merits report was notified to the Venezuelan State by means of
communication of November 22, 2010, granting it a two-month term to inform on the
implementation of the recommendations.
On January 21, 2011, the Venezuelan State rejected the conclusions arrived at by
the Commission in its report 120/10. The State did not provide any information on its
compliance with the recommendations of the IACHR.
The Commission submits the instant case to the jurisdiction of the Inter-American
Court due to the need to obtain justice and the State’s failure to comply with the
recommendations.

Mr.
Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
P.O. Box 6906-1000
San José, Costa Rica
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