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IACHR: Potential Reforms and Their Impact on Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in the Americas

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 25, 2013


(Image: Courtesy of Maria Patricia Leiva/OAS)

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.

Read an Americas Quarterly web exclusive by the Committee to Protect Journalists' Carlos Lauria on the implications of IACHR reform for human rights in Latin America.

Americas Quarterly and Americas Society/Council of the Americas will convene a select group of journalists, human rights activists, and experts from throughout the Americas to discuss the reforms’ implications for the Inter-American system. The meeting will begin with presentations by a group of ambassadors to the OAS who will state their countries’ positions, and will be followed by a discussion with human rights experts about the proposed reforms. The event will be conducted in Spanish.

Note: This is a private event, but it will be open to the public via webcast.

Event Information: Contact Andreina Seijas at or 1-212-277-8363.
Press Inquiry: Contact Adriana La Rotta at or 1-212-277-8384.