Through this page, you will be able to access requirement guidelines on how to participate in the Organization of American States’ General Assembly in June and the Seventh Summit of the Americas that will take place in Panama in April.

You will also be able to access basic information on the available positions within and nominated candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I-A Court); and download educational resources, publications, news, and updated information on the Inter-American System.

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).

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.

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.

Why is this important?

All applications with their relevant documentation should be sent to the Department of International Affairs of the OAS no later than Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:30pm by email to civilsociety@oas.org. More information.

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 election will take place on March 18th, 2015. All OAS accredited civil society organizations will be able to participate. Download the agenda for the election here and find more information about acredited organizations 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.

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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