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.

Why is this important?

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.

Tirza Flores Lanza was dismissed from her post as a Court of Appeals Judge in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for declaring herself against the coup d’état in June of 2009.  In this video Tirza highlights the quick response of the IACHR after the coup.

In 1988 Carlos Santiago and Pedro Andrés Restrepo Arismendy, 17 and 14 years old respectively, were disappeared by members of the Ecuadoran police. In this testimony, Pedro Restrepo, the father of both boys, gives his support to the IACHR, which supported him when he was denied justice in Ecuador.

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.

En January of 1989, near the rural village of La Rochela, a paramilitary group assassinated 12 to15 judicial employees who were investigating various massacred committed in Magdalena Medio, Colombia.  In this video family members of the massacre victims defend the SIA’s autonomy.

 

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