AQ Holds Conference on IACHR Reforms in Washington DC


February 26, 2013


Fifty-three years after its creation, the future of the main observer and protector of human rights in the region might be at stake. In March 2013, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a special session in which it will consider a series of proposals for reforming the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) which may include restricting the body’s discretion in granting precautionary measures, reducing the activities of and funding for the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and imposing restrictions on the Commission’s decisions regarding individual complaints.

On Monday, February 25, Americas Quarterly and Americas Society/Council of the Americas convened a select group of journalists, human rights activists, and experts from throughout the Americas to discuss the implication of reforms to the Inter-American human rights system in Washington DC.

The meeting began with presentations by a group of ambassadors to the OAS who stated their countries’ positions, and was followed by a discussion with human rights experts about the proposed reforms. The event was conducted in Spanish.

Read the forthcoming event summary here.

Read an Americas Quarterly web exclusive by the Dejusiticia's Nelson Camilo Sanchez on the potential impact of IACHR reforms.

Read an Americas Quarterly web exclusive by the Committee to Protect Journalists' Carlos Lauria on the potential impact of IACHR reforms.


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