ORDER OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OF MAY 15, 2011
PROVISIONAL MEASURES WITH REGARD TO VENEZUELA
MATTER OF THE ARAGUA PENITENTIARY CENTER
“TOCORÓN PRISON”

HAVING SEEN:
1.
The Order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “the InterAmerican Court” or “the Court”) of November 24, 2009, in the matters of the Monagas
Detention Center (“La Pica”); the Capital Region Penitentiary Center Yare I and Yare II
(Yare Prison); the Occidental Region Penitentiary Center (Uribana Prison), and the
Capital Detention Center El Rodeo I and El Rodeo II, in which the Court determined to
“joinder these cases procedurally,” and decided, inter alia:
1.
To order the State to maintain and to adopt the necessary measures to continue
protecting the life and personal integrity of the beneficiaries in the following four
penitentiary centers: the Monagas Detention Center (“La Pica”); the Capital Region
Penitentiary Center Yare I and Yare II (Yare Prison); the Occidental Region Penitentiary
Center (Uribana Prison), and the Capital Detention Center El Rodeo I and El Rodeo II.
2.
To require the State to adopt the necessary measures to protect the life and
personal integrity of Humberto Prado.
3.
To require the State […] to forward a report every two months referring specifically
to the measures it is adopting to protect the life and personal integrity of the beneficiaries.
The Inter-American Commission and the representatives of the beneficiaries must present
their observations on the said reports within six and four weeks, respectively, of receiving
them.

2.
The Order of the Inter-American Court of November 24, 2010, in the matter of
the Aragua Penitentiary Center “Tocorón Prison,” in which it decided, inter alia:
1.
To ratify all aspects of the Order of the President of the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights of November 1, 2010, and, consequently, to require the State to maintain
the measures it is taking and also to adopt immediately and definitively any
complementary measures necessary to avoid loss of life and harm to the physical, mental
and moral integrity of all those deprived of liberty in the Aragua Penitentiary Center, also
known as the Tocorón Prison, as well as any other person in the said facility.
[…]

3.
The note of the Secretariat of the Court of February 11, 2011, in which it noted
that the time frame for the State of Venezuela to present its bi-monthly report in the
matter of the Aragua Penitentiary Center “Tocorón Prison” (supra having seen
paragraph 2) had expired on February 1, 2011, without it being received. Hence, on
the instructions of the President of the Court, the Secretariat reiterated to the State
that it should submit the said report as soon as possible.
4.
The brief of March 1, 2011, in which the representatives of the beneficiaries
(hereinafter “the representatives”) presented information on the implementation of the
provisional measures in the four matters joindered in the Order of November 24, 2009
(supra having seen paragraph 1) and, in the same brief, referred to implementation of

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