ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF JANUARY 31, 2012
CASE OF CASTILLO GONZÁLEZ ET AL. v. VENEZUELA

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The brief of February 22, 2011, and its attachments received on March 3, 2011,
presented by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the InterAmerican Commission” or “the Commission”) to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Inter-American Court” or “the Court”) submitting the case against the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (hereinafter “the State” or “Venezuela”), in which it offered
two expert opinions, indicating their purpose and identifying the two proposed expert
witnesses, and provided the curriculum vitae of one of them.
2.
The brief of March 9, 2011, with which the Inter-American Commission forwarded
the curriculum vitae of the other proposed expert witness.
3.
The brief with pleadings, motions and evidence (hereinafter also “the pleadings and
motions brief”) of July 16, 2011, presented by the representatives of the presumed victims
(hereinafter also “the representatives”), in which they offered three testimonies, the
statements of four of the presumed victims, and seven expert opinions, and requested the
incorporation of the expert opinion provided by Magaly Vásquez in the case of the Barrios
Family v. Venezuela, “with regard to the examination of Venezuela’s criminal laws.” Lastly,
they requested access to the Victims’ Legal Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court
(hereinafter “the Court’s Assistance Fund” or “the Fund”) “to cover some specific expenses
related to the production of evidence during the proceedings before the Court in the instant
case,” which they described. The brief received on August 8, 2011, with which the
representatives provided the attachments to their pleadings and motions brief.
4.
The brief answering the submission of the case and with observations on the
pleadings and motions brief (hereinafter “the answering brief”) of November 15, 2011,
presented by the State, in which it offered three testimonies, but failed to specify the
purpose of one of them, and one expert opinion. The brief of November 16, 2011, in which
the State clarified that it was not offering three testimonies and that only two people would
testify. The attachments to the answering brief were received on November 23, 2011.
5.
The note of November 22, 2011, in which the Secretariat of the Court (hereinafter
“the Secretariat”), on the instructions of the President of the Court (hereinafter also “the
President”) asked the State to indicate the purpose of the testimony of Ildefonso Rafael
Finol Ocando, and to send the curriculum vitae of the proposed expert witness.
6.
The Order of the President of November 28, 2011, concerning the Victims’ Legal
Assistance Fund of the Inter-American Court.

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