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Case of Montero Aranguren et al (Detention Center of Catia) v Venezuela, Martínez Liébano and 36 others v Venezuela, Preliminary objection, merits, reparations and costs, IACHR Series C no 150, IHRL 1534 (IACHR 2006), 5th July 2006, Inter-American Court of Human Rights [IACtHR]

Case of Montero Aranguren et al (Detention Center of Catia) v Venezuela, Martínez Liébano and 36 others v Venezuela, Preliminary objection, merits, reparations and costs, IACHR Series C no 150, IHRL 1534 (IACHR 2006), 5th July 2006, Inter-American Court of Human Rights [IACtHR]

Whether Venezuela violated Articles 4 (right to life) and 5 of the American Convention on Human Rights (‘ACHR’) (right to humane treatment) during a violent incident between law enforcement forces and prisoners at the Detention Centre of Catia on 27 November 1992, in which detainees died.

Whether, with regard to the operation at the Detention Centre of Catia and subsequent state actions, Venezuela violated Articles 8 (right to fair trial) and 25 of the ACHR (right to judicial protection) to the detriment of the plaintiffs and their next of kin.

Whether Venezuela was responsible for compliance with Article 2 of the ACHR for its failure to strip from its legislation provisions that gave military courts the authority to investigate violations of human rights and to develop policies to reform the penitentiary system.

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