N° 52/08



Washington, D.C., November 25, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Norman Manley Law School will sign an institutional cooperation agreement in Kingston, Jamaica. The ceremony to sign the memorandum of understanding will take place December 3, 2008, as part of an on-site visit the Inter-American Commission will conduct to Jamaica from December 1 to 5. The signing ceremony is open to the public.


Under this agreement, the Inter-American Commission and the Norman Manley Law School will deepen and strengthen their institutional cooperation ties in order to promote awareness of the inter-American human rights system in the Caribbean. Law students at that institution will learn how to use the system for the benefit of people in the Caribbean; to that end, internships at the IACHR will be offered, and seminars and workshops will be organized. In addition, the Inter-American Commission will be able to consult the Norman Manley Law School about legal systems and human rights issues in the countries of the Caribbean.


At the signing ceremony, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., the Principal of the Norman Manley Law School, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, will speak, along with IACHR Chairman Paolo Carozza, the IACHR Rapporteur for Jamaica, Sir Claire K. Roberts, and the IACHR Executive Secretary, Santiago A. Canton . The panelists will take questions from the audience and the press.


A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.


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