ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF APRIL 15, 2011
VICTIMS’ LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUND
CASE OF THE BARRIOS FAMILY v. VENEZUELA

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief of July 26, 2010, and its attachments, in which the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission” or “the
Commission”) submitted to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the
Inter-American Court” or “the Court”) a case against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
(hereinafter “Venezuela” or “the State”). The original brief and its attachments were
received by the Court’s Secretariat on August 16, 2010.
2.
The brief of December 25, 2010, in which the representatives of the presumed
victims 1 (hereinafter “the representatives”) presented their brief with pleadings, motions
and evidence in relation to this case (hereinafter also the “pleadings and motions brief”),
and requested use of the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court
(hereinafter “the Court’s Assistance Fund” or “the Fund”) “to cover some specific costs
related to the production of evidence during the processing of this case before the Court,”
which they specified. The original brief was received by the Secretariat of the Court on
January 18, 2011, and the attachments were received on January 14, 18 and 19, 2011.
3.
The note of January 24, 2011, in which, among other matters, the Secretariat
advised the parties that the President of the Court (hereinafter “the President”) would be
informed of this request, together with the probative information forwarded.
4.
The brief of March 25, 2011, in which the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
presented, among other matters, its answer to the brief submitting the case together with
observations on the pleadings and motions brief. The original brief and its attachments were
received by the Court’s Secretariat on April 8, 2011.
CONSIDERING THAT:
1.
Venezuela has been a State Party to the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the American Convention” or “the Convention”) since August 9, 1977, and
accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court on June 24, 1981.
1
The presumed victims in this case appoint the Justice and Peace Human Rights Commission of Aragua
State, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), and the Comité de Familiares de las Víctimas de los
Sucesos de Febrero-Marzo (COFAVIC) [Committee of Relatives of the Victims of the Events of February-March] as
their representatives.

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