Practice Relating to Rule 141. Legal Advisers for Armed Forces
In 2011, in its core document forming part of Venezuela’s reports on international human rights instruments, Venezuela stated:
Department of Human Rights and International Law of the Ministry of People’s Power for Defence
145. This Department was established by Decision No. DG-98818 of 17 October 1997 of the Ministry of Defence (now the Ministry of People’s Power for Defence) by order of the President of the Republic. It has its basis in articles 133 to 136 of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces Organization Act, in accordance with the guiding principles of the Constitution. The Department is attached to the Office of the Inspector-General of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces in accordance with Decision No. DG-002936 of 8 August 2007. The Department’s remit is to manage, coordinate and implement activities related to human rights and international humanitarian law that are planned, decided or ordered by the Inspector-General of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces. This takes place in accordance with current legislation, in order to promote, facilitate, protect and guarantee those rights within the military and the defence sector and to provide technical assistance to such military and civilian personnel as may require it. It also acts as a body for receiving individual complaints.