IACHR PRESIDENT URGES STATES TO RATIFY HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES
Washington, D.C., December 18, 2007 — The President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Florentín Meléndez, urged the Hemisphere’s States, through their respective Foreign Ministers, to ratify any inter-American human rights treaties whose ratification is pending.
The IACHR President recognized and congratulated the seven States in the region that have ratified all the human rights treaties: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
He urged the rest of the States to ratify any pending treaties and to remove any obstacles that may exist to be able to meet this goal.
During his term as IACHR President, which began on February 26, 2007, Meléndez has repeatedly insisted on the need for all Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) to sign and ratify all human rights treaties, in order to universalize the standards for protecting fundamental rights throughout the Hemisphere.
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