Follow-up on the recommendations contained in the “Report of the special working group to reflect on the workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with a view to strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System"

 

OEA/Ser.G

CP/doc.4787/12 rev. 4

12 September 2012

Original: Spanish

 

 

 

WORK PLAN

FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF RESOLUTION AG/RES. 2761 (XLII-O/12),

“FOLLOW-UP ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL WORKING GROUP TO REFLECT ON THE WORKINGS OF THE

INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS”

 

(Adopted by the Permanent Council at the meeting held on September 10, 2012)

 

 


Work Plan

for implementation of resolution AG/RES. 2761 (XLII-O/12),

“Follow-up on the recommendations contained in the Report of the Special Working Group to Reflect on the Workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights”

 

 

Introduction

 

Based on a statement by the President of the forty-first session of the General Assembly, in June 2011 the Permanent Council embarked on a “… process of reflection on the workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the backdrop of the American Convention on Human Rights and its Statute, with a view to strengthening the inter-American human rights system (IAHRS) and submitting its recommendations to the member states as soon as possible.”

 

Through a Special Working Group set up for that purpose, the Permanent Council undertook that process of reflection, diagnosing the workings of the IACHR with a view to strengthening the IAHRS. On January 25, 2012, the Permanent Council received and adopted the Working Group's report, which was forwarded to those to whom the recommendations were directed and submitted to the General Assembly for consideration at its forty-second regular session.

 

On April 9, 2012, the IACHR sent the Permanent Council a document in reply to the report of the Special Working Group, in which, among other matters, it announced that it had decided to initiate a profound and diligent process of reflection on its procedures and mechanisms by consulting with all IAHRS users, a process that would include a series of actions.

 

Meanwhile, on June 5, 2012 the General Assembly adopted resolution AG/RES. 2761 (XLII-O/12), “Follow-up on the recommendations contained in the “Report of the Special Working Group to Reflect on the Workings of the Inter-American Commission,”  in which it welcomed the Report of the Special Working Group (document AG/doc.5310/12) and instructed “... the Permanent Council, on the basis of the report, to draw up proposals for its application in dialogue with all the parties involved.”  In said resolution, the member states also decided that “within a period of six months or no later than the first quarter of 2013, said proposals will be presented for the consideration of a special session of the General Assembly.”

 

The General Assembly then defined the following aspects in resolution AG/RES. 2761 (XLII-O/12), “Follow-up on the recommendations contained in the Report of the Special Working Group to Reflect on the Workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights”:

 

1.         Scope of the task:  The recommendations adopted by the Permanent Council and welcomed by the General Assembly itself.

 

2.         Purpose of the task: That the Permanent Council draw up proposals for application of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Special Working Group to Reflect on the Workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in dialogue with all the parties involved.

 

3.         Time-frame to accomplish the task: Six months or no later than the first quarter of 2013.

 

In order to carry out the task that was entrusted to the Permanent Council and to facilitate an open and transparent dialogue, the following work plan, methodology, and timetable are proposed:

A. Forum

 

The Permanent Council will hold the deliberations through formal and informal meetings, to ensure that member states are represented at the highest level.

 

The process will be conducted with the participation of the member states, the IACHR, the General Secretariat, civil society, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Juridical Committee. Where warranted by the nature of the matter at hand, arrangements will also be made for roundtable discussions and workshops with the participation of experts.

B. Work plan and schedule

 

The time frames suggested for the different stages are flexible and may be amended subject to the progress of the work.

 

  • Stage One: September 1 – October 31, 2012

Objective: To receive proposals. The Permanent Council will request the member states to submit their proposals for application of the recommendations in writing. The Permanent Council will also invite the parties mentioned above (section A) to present their proposals in writing.

 

  • Stage Two: November 1 – December 31, 2012

Objective:  The Permanent Council will examine and discuss the proposals for applying the recommendations contained in the Report of the Special Working Group, in the order contemplated in said Report.

 

  • Stage Three:  January 1 – February 28, 2013

Objective:  To prepare a report containing proposals, as well as their budgetary implications for consideration by the General Assembly.

  • Stage Four: March 2013

Objective:  To hold the special session of the General Assembly

 

 

C. Methodology

 

The General Secretariat will, through the appropriate areas, be responsible for compiling and organizing the proposals received throughout the process from the various parties concerned.

 

Throughout the process, there will be constant dialogue with the IACHR in order to hear its opinions on all the proposals.

 

Three (3) meetings will be held in the course of the process:  Two in the second stage and one in the third.  Civil society and other actors or users of the inter-American human rights system will be invited to participate in those meetings and comment on the proposals for applying the recommendations.

 

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