Today marks the 20th anniversary of the historic adoption of the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons, adopted in the 24th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the General Assembly of the OAS that took place in Belem do Para, Brazil in June 1994.

Organizations and human rights defenders in the regions make their position public on the pending obligations of the States to eradicate and punish the disappearance of persons, while recognizing the fundamental roles the Commission and Court of Human Rights have played in interpreting the scope of the rights they protect.

A the same time, the organizations and defenders alike make a strong call to the universalization of the Convention, which at this date has only been ratified by 15 countries. See the complete text of the Statement with its signatures here.

Asuncion, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The signing organizations, in the framework of the Forty-fourth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women (Convention of “Belem do Para”), which to this date has been ratified by 32 of the 34 members of the OAS. The organizations especially note that this Inter-American human rights treaty has the highest number of ratifications, showing a political commitment to the elimination of all types of violence against women.

San Jose and Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais de Rio de Janeiro (GTNM-RJ) and Comisión de Familiares de Muertos y Desaparecidos Políticos (CFMDP), representatives of the victims in the Gomes Lund et al. v. Brazil case (known as “Guerrilha de Araguaia”), call on the State of Brazil to completely comply with the judgment issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IA Court), as well as to progress in removing obstacles to obtaining justice for the victims.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).