N° 27/08




Washington, June 24, 2008– The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) received 69 applications for the post of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and has selected five finalists: Catalina Botero (Colombia), Christina Cerna (United States), Ronalth Ochaeta (Guatemala), Juan Pablo Olmedo (Chile), and Marcello Scarone (Uruguay/Canada). The candidates’ curricula vitae are published on the IACHR Web site.


Those interested in commenting on the finalists may send in their observations by e-mail, to, including the phrase “Candidates/Rapporteurship” in the subject field. The deadline for submitting observations is July 9, 2008.


The designation of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression is guided by the procedural norms approved by the IACHR on October 26, 2006, in its Resolution No. 04/06.


The competition was announced on March 19, 2008, and remained opened until June 1. The post’s duties and responsibilities, as well as the minimum requirements, are detailed in the published announcement, available at:


A principal and autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Commission derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights and acts in representation of all the OAS member countries. It is made up of seven independent members who act in their personal capacity, do not represent any particular country, and are elected by the OAS General Assembly.




Catalina Botero’s curriculum vitae

Christina Cerna’s curriculum vitae

Ronalth Ochaeta’s curriculum vitae

Juan Pablo Olmedo’s curriculum vitae

Marcello Scarone’s curriculum vitae

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