REPORT Nº 22/07 1
PETITION 259-06
ADMISSIBILITY
JOE LUIS CASTILLO GONZALEZ AND OTHERS
VENEZUELA
March 9, 2007
I.

SUMMARY

1. On March 20, 2006, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the
Commission” or the “IACHR”) received a petition lodged by the Episcopal Human Rights
Vicariat of Caracas and by CEJIL, the Center for Justice and International Law, (hereinafter
“the petitioners”) representing Joe Luís Castillo González, Yelitze Moreno de Castillo, and Luís
Cesar Castillo Moreno, in which it is alleged that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
(hereinafter, “the State”, or “the Venezuelan State”) is responsible for the assassination of the
human rights activist Joe Luís Castillo González and for acts of violence resulting in gunshot
wounds to the members of the Castillo family identified above.
2. The petitioners maintain that the events that are the subject of this petition amount to
violations of various provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter the
“American Convention”): the right to life (Article 4), right to humane treatment (Article 5),
right to a fair trial (Article 8), judicial protection (Article 25), and freedom of thought and
expression (Article 13), all in relation to the general obligation enshrined in Article 1(1) of the
above mentioned instrument.
3. At the date of this report, the State had lodged no observations regarding the admissibility
of this petition.
4. Having studied the positions of the parties, the Commission concluded that it was
competent to decide on the claim currently lodged by the alleged victims, and that the case
was admissible in light of Articles 46 and 47 of the American Convention. Consequently, the
Commission decided to notify the parties, to publish the present Admissibility Report, and to
include it in its Annual Report.
II.

PROCESSING BY THE COMMISSION

A.

Petition

5. On March 20, 2006, the Commission received a petition lodged by the Episcopal Human
Rights Vicariat of Caracas, and by CEJIL, the Center for Justice and International Law, in
representation of Joe Luís Castillo González, Yelitze Moreno de Castillo, and Luís Cesar Castillo
Moreno, and recorded it under case number P-259/06.
6. On May 2, 2006, the IACHR transmitted the pertinent parts of the said petition to the State
in accordance with Article 30(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the IACHR, and gave a period of
two months for the State to present its observations.
7. By the date of this report, the Commission had received no response from the State in
relation to this petition.
B.

Precautionary Measures MC-619/03

1 Pursuant to Article 17(2)(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, Commissioner Freddy Gutiérrez, who is
Venezuelan, did not participate in the deliberations or voting on this case.

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