It's time for states across the Americas to confirm their commitment to human rights, Amnesty International said today one day ahead of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on 22 March.
In particular the assembly should support the work of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, as represented by Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
“International independent monitoring of human rights country-by-country is essential for the region,” declared Renzo Pomi, Amnesty International Representative at the United Nations and the OAS. “The work done so far both by the Court and the Commision is a proof of that need”.
“The IACHR has decisively contributed to the consolidation of democracy in the continent and to the rights and guarantees that the majority of the people of the Americas are now able to enjoy,” said Pomi.