AQ Covers OAS Vote on Human Rights Commission


March 21, 2013


On Friday, March 22, Americas Quarterly will provide live coverage from Washington DC as the OAS General Assembly votes on reforms to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its office on freedom of expression.  

Since its creation in 1959, the IACHR has carried out on-site visits to investigate potential human rights abuses across the hemisphere. It has ruled that governments must be responsible for disappearances, that amnesties for human rights offenses violate international law, and has advocated for press freedom through its Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression.  However, at the 42nd OAS General Assembly in Bolivia in June 2012, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and a collection of other countries won approval to submit a proposal to overhaul the IACHR’s monitoring and enforcement powers.

On Friday, the 34 member states of the OAS will determine whether to implement reforms to the Inter-American human rights system, which include eliminating outside funding for the body (currently, one-third of the IACHR’s funding comes from European nations), preventing states that have not ratified the American Convention on Human Rights from nominating members to the commission (neither the U.S. nor Canada have ratified the convention), and moving the seat of the IACHR from Washington DC.

AQ will attend Friday’s extraordinary session of the OAS General Assembly as member states vote on the proposed reforms and will provide on-the-ground updates of the proceedings. To follow the live coverage, check out our Issues in Depth page on the IACHR Reforms. You’ll find analysis, interviews, live Tweeting from the session, as well as the latest coverage of the IACHR reform process from AQ and other sources.

Follow AQ's live coverage of the General Assembly here.

Watch video interviews about the IACHR reforms here.

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