RELEASE ON CARIBBEAN SEMINARS
GRENADA HAS OFFERED TO HOST
HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“the Commission,” “IACHR”)
decided at its 108th Regular Session to hold two Regional
Seminars on the
Inter-American System on Human Rights in the Caribbean Region in the year
2001, in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights,
(Inter-American Institute) San Jose, Costa Rica, the Commonwealth
Secretariat, London, United Kingdom, and Caribbean Human Rights Network
(Caribbean Rights), Barbados.
One Seminar will be held in the Eastern Caribbean and the other in
the Western Caribbean.
Government of Grenada has offered to host the first Seminar. Grenada was the eleventh State in the Americas, and the first
country in the English Speaking Caribbean to deposit its instrument of
Ratification, on July 18, 1978, which brought the Inter-American Convention
on Human Rights into force.
first Seminar will be held from February 1 to February 2, 2001, in Grenada.
This is the first Human Rights Seminar that will be held in the Caribbean
Region by the IACHR on the Inter-American human rights system and
co-sponsored by the Inter-American Institute, the Commonwealth Secretariat,
and Caribbean Rights.
aim of both Seminars is to promote the Inter-American human rights
instruments and mechanisms in the Caribbean region.
Participants at the seminars are expected to include: state
officials, attorneys-general, solicitors general, national human rights
commissioners, parliamentary commissioners, ombudsmen, Director of Public
Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Judges, Members of the Bar and legal, law
professors, law students, law enforcement officers, correctional officers,
psychiatrists, physicians and physician assistants, inter-governmental and
non-governmental organizations, and other members of civil society.
Inter-American Commission is the principal organ of the Organization of
American States (“OAS”) entrusted with the authority to promote,
protect, and defend human rights in the Americas, and serves as a
consultative organ to the OAS in these matters. The IACHR derives its
authority from the OAS’s Charter, its Statute, the American Convention on
Human Rights, the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, and
its Regulations. The Commission
analyzes individual petitions and cases under the American Convention on
Human Rights ("the American Convention") from the countries that
have ratified that instrument, and under the American Declaration of the
Rights and Duties of Man ("the American Declaration") from the
other Member States of the OAS. The Commission also studies the human rights
situation in the countries of the Hemisphere, examines specific issues
within its sphere of competence, prepares and publishes the corresponding
reports. The IACHR comprises seven Commissioners who are elected in a
personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their
countries of origin or residence.
The Inter-American Commission wishes to thank and commend the
Government of Grenada for extending an invitation to the Commission to host
the first Seminar in Grenada, and to assist the IACHR in facilitating the
Inter-American Commission also extends its thanks to the Inter-American
Institute, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Caribbean Rights for its
collaboration in the proposed Seminars.
Washington, D.C., December 8, 2000