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The Inter-American System for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights has reached a critical point. For over a year, various Members of the Organization of American States (OAS) have sought to weaken the Inter-American System, in particular the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through a process of reforms which finalized on Friday March 22, 2013 in an Extraordinary General Assembly meeting of the OAS. This space has been created to share the latest information and to facilitate greater participation and transparency in debates. See here the Resolution that was approved on March 22, 2013 at the Special General Assembly in Washington DC.
On June 11, 2013 various organizations of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Americas sent a letter to the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, related to the “Informal Conversation between the Secretary General, the Adjunct Secretary General, and representatives from civil society organizations,” which was held on June 3, 2013 during the XLIII OAS General Assembly. In this letter, the Coalition requested that the Secretary General guarantee the integrity of the spaces reserved for the participation of civil society, and in a context of respect and tolerance for all voices represented.
June 4 - 6, 2013
OAS General Assembly's Forty-third Regular Session
The forty-third regular session of the OAS General Assembly will be held in Antigua, Guatemala, from June 4 to 6, 2013.
Report on the financial situation of the SIA
The SIA, composed of the IACHR and the Inter-American Court, is the most influential mechanism for the promotion and protection of human rights in the entire continent. Nonetheless, the SIA has a meager budget that could undermine the effective protection of human rights, making it almost impossible to comply with the mandates allocated to the bodies by the OAS Member States.
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César Gaviria, Andrés Pastrana, Alejandro Toledo, Silvia Pimentel, Sylvia Steiner, Gioconda Belli, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Juan Gelman, Javier Sicilia, and other individuals committed to the defense of human rights signed the Declaration to support the IAS, to demand greater transparency in the debate on the future of the Inter-American System. The Declaration was launched at an event in Bogota in September 2012, and gave rise to a regional campaign. Add your signature by signing our petition here.
Macarena Gelman was born in captivity during the Uruguayan military dictatorship. Her mother was kidnapped in Argentina, brought to Montevideo, and disappeared during Plan Condor. In this video Macarena underlines the importance of the Inter-American Court’s judgment in her case as a tool to shine light on the crimes of the dictatorship.