WORKING VISIT TO THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
invitation of the Argentine Republic, a delegation from the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will pay a working visit to Argentina
from August 25 to September 1, 2003.
The IACHR delegation will consist of Professor Robert K. Goldman,
member of the Commission and Rapporteur for Argentina; Dr. Santiago A.
Canton, Executive Secretary of the Commission; and Dr. Elizabeth
Abi-Mershed, attorney for the Commission.
purpose of the visit is to hold working meetings on specific cases being
processed by the Commission, to examine the human rights situation in the
country, and to conduct activities aimed at promoting the inter-American
human rights system. The
program of activities includes, in particular, meetings on cases in which
the friendly settlement procedure is under way, with the participation of
competent authorities and the respective petitioners and family members of
victims. During its stay, the
IACHR delegation will meet with government officials and with
representatives of different sectors of civil society in Buenos Aires and
Santiago del Estero.
The Commission is a principal organ of the
OAS, charged with protecting, defending, and promoting human rights in the
Americas. The Commission
derives its power mainly from the OAS Charter and the American Convention
on Human Rights, both of which were ratified by the Argentine Republic. It
is composed of seven commissioners, who are elected in their personal
capacity by the OAS General Assembly and do not represent their countries
of origin or residence.
Commission wishes to acknowledge and express its appreciation for the
cooperation and the facilities extended by the Government of Argentina,
nongovernmental organizations, and other civil society institutions in the
planning and execution of this visit.
D.C., August 25, 2003