Through this page, you will be able to access requirement guidelines to participate in the General Assembly and the Summit of the Americas, basic information on available positions and nominated candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court) and download tools, publications news, and updated information on the candidate selection process and information on the overall strengthening of the Inter-American system.

The XLV General Assembly of the OAS will be held from 7 to 9 June 2015 where elections will be held for the selection of members to positions in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court).

The Seventh Summit of the Americas will be held in Panama City, Panama April 10th to 11th, 2015. The Summit of the Americas brings together heads of member states from across the Hemisphere to discuss shared political issues, affirm common values, and commit to a concerted national and regional cooperative action plans in order to address current and future challenges in the Americas.

CEJIL shares its views on the reflection process which took place between 2011 and 2014 within the Inter-American System of Human Rights aimed at strengthening the system and orienting future debates on the protection of regional human rights. Available in spanish only: More information.

The election for the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be held on March 18th, 2015 within the framework of the forty-ninth special session of the General Assembly.

To learn more about the candidate, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro, click here and here.

To see the dialogue held on February 19, 2015 between Candidate Almagro and civil society organizations, click here.

Why is this important?

The deadline to apply is March 7, 2015.

The application form and supporting documents requested on the form must be submitted no later than Saturday 7 March 2015 at 11:59 pm, NO EXCEPTIONS. You can find the application form here.

Supporting documents to the OAS must be sent to the following address: civilsociety@oas.org

Even though the deadline is upcoming,there is still a dearth of candidates

The document attempts to address regional challenges in the areas of education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance. Learn more.

On February 18, 2015, the Permanent Council of the OAS received the submission of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, in his capacity candidate for Secretary General of the Organization, in an extraordinary session took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. More information.

 

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.

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