Why a Human Rights Icon Needs Its Independence

By José Miguel Vivanco, Tamara Taraciuk Broner

This is not the time to weaken the IACHR.

The inter-American human rights system has long been the last hope of victims in the region, who have often struggled unsuccessfully for years to see their rights upheld in domestic judicial systems They deserve a regional system that can protect fundamental rights and freedoms without political interference This essential principle is in jeopardy Having worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, or CIDH for its acronym in Spanish and Portuguese), we both know that the backlog in processing cases can be frustrating for victims But we have also seen first-hand – from...

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