ORDER OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS∗
OF NOVEMBER 27, 2003
BLAKE CASE
COMPLIANCE WITH JUDGMENT
HAVING SEEN:
1.
The judgment on merits in Blake v. Guatemala delivered by the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the Court” or “the Inter-American
Court”) on January 24, 1998, in which it ordered, in the third and fourth operative
paragraphs, that:
3.
[…] the State of Guatemala is obliged to use all the means at its disposal to
investigate the acts denounced and punish those responsible for the disappearance and
death of Nicholas Chapman Blake.
[…]
4.
[…] the State of Guatemala is obliged to pay a fair compensation to the
relatives of Nicholas Chapman Blake and reimburse them for the expenses incurred in
their representations to the Guatemalan authorities in connection with this process.

2.
The judgment on reparations delivered by the Court in the instant case on
January 22, 1999, in which it decided as follows:
1.
To order the State of Guatemala to investigate the facts of the present case,
identify and punish those responsible, and adopt the measures in its domestic law that
are necessary to assure compliance with this obligation (in conformance with operative
paragraph three of the judgment on the merits), of which it will inform the Court,
semiannually, until the end of the corresponding actions.
2.

To order the State of Guatemala to pay:
a.
US.$151,000.00 (one hundred fifty-one thousand dollars of the United
States of America) or its equivalent in Guatemalan national currency, to Richard
Blake, Mary Blake, Richard Blake Jr., and Samuel Blake, as the injured party, as
reparations, to be distributed in the manner indicated in paragraphs 58, 50, and
49 of this judgment:
i.
US$30,000.00 (thirty thousand dollars of the United States of
America) as moral damages to each of the following persons: Richard
Blake, Mary Blake, Richard Blake Jr., and Samuel Blake;
ii.
US$15,000.00 (fifteen thousand dollars of the United States
of America) as medical expenses to Samuel Blake; and
iii.
US$16,000.00 (sixteen thousand dollars of the United States
of America) as expenses of an extrajudicial nature.
b.
Also, US$10,000.00 (ten thousand dollars of the United States of
America) or its equivalent in Guatemalan national currency, to Richard Blake,
Mary Blake, Richard Blake Jr., and Samuel Blake, as the injured party, for
reimbursement of the expenses incurred in the processing of the case before

∗

Judge Hernán Salgado Pesantes advised the Court that, owing to circumstances beyond his
control, he would be unable to take part in the deliberation and signature of this Order.

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