Civil society organizations reiterated their request through a public statement to convene a dialogue with proposed candidates intended for high-ranking positions within the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights during the next 45th General Assembly of the Organization American States (OAS).

The XLV General Assembly of the OAS will be held June 15th to 16th, 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).

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.

Meet the candidates for the upcoming elections for members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court).

For both agencies, the nomination period closes on March 9th, 2015 at the start of the regular session of the General Assembly. According to the American Convention, the Commission shall be composed of persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. Elected officials will commence their duties on January 1st, 2016.

Would you like to know how the selection process for members of the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights works?

To download the infogram for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, click here. To download the infogram on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights click here.

In a move to support and strengthen human rights in the Americas, a panel of five independent experts will monitor the forthcoming election of new members to the region’s human rights commission and court.

Why is this important?

Civil society organizations participating in the Forum for Civil Society and Social Actors of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City issued a declarartion on migration in the Americas. Read the statement here.

The meeting will take place on april 7th, 2015 at the Hotel El Panama in Panama City from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to provide a space for reflection and dialogue on the challenges faced by the region in addressing the phenomenon of forced migration and mixed migratory flows. More information.

On Thursday, March 26th, 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights presented its 2014 Annual Report to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the OAS. To download the document, click here.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note Friday, February 27th 2015 of the notification of Haiti's withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization. More information.

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

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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