Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Case of Blake v. Guatemala
Judgment of January 22, 1999
(Reparations and Costs)

In the Blake Case,
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, composed of the following judges:
Hernán Salgado-Pesantes, President
Antônio A. Cançado Trindade, Vice President
Maximo Pacheco-Gómez, Judge
Oliver Jackman, Judge
Alirio Abreu-Burelli, Judge
Sergio García-Ramírez, Judge
Carlos Vicente de Roux-Rengifo, Judge
Alfonso Novales-Aguirre, Judge ad hoc
also present:
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Secretary, and
Renzo Pomi, Deputy Secretary
pursuant to Articles 29, 55, and 56 of the Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights (hereinafter "the Court,” “the Inter-American Court,” or “the
Tribunal”), in relation to Article 63(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Convention” or “the American Convention”) and in compliance with
its January 24, 1998 Judgment, renders the following judgment on reparations in the
present case, brought by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(hereinafter “the Commission” or “the Inter-American Commission”) against the
Republic of Guatemala (hereinafter “Guatemala” or “the State”).
I
JURISDICTION
1.
Under the provisions of Articles 62 and 63(1) of the Convention, the Court
has jurisdiction to determine reparations and expenses in the present case,
inasmuch as Guatemala ratified the American Convention on May 25, 1978, and
accepted the contentious jurisdiction of the Court on March 9, 1987.
II
BACKGROUND
2.
The present case was submitted to the Court by the Inter-American
Commission in an application dated August 3, 1995, which was accompanied by

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