INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION SIGNS DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO DE CHILE
ON ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Santiago, Chile, September 4, 2009 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) signed the Declaration of Santiago de Chile on September 3, 2009, reaffirming that the ideals of the inter-American human rights system continue to apply 50 years after the Commission’s creation. The ceremony commemorating the IACHR’s 50th anniversary took place in the O’Higgins Hall of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the same room in which the act creating the Inter-American Commission was signed on August 18, 1959.
Through the Declaration of Santiago de Chile, the IACHR reaffirmed the continued relevance of the human rights system’s ideals “of ensuring respect for human dignity and guaranteeing a life free of fear and misery,” and underscored that “it is essential to consolidate democratic institutions, the rule of law, and economic and social development throughout the region.”
The Declaration of Santiago de Chile was signed by the President of the Commission, Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero; the First Vice President, Víctor Abramovich; the Second Vice President, Felipe González; Commissioners Paolo Carozza, Sérgio Pinheiro, Florentín Meléndez, and Sir Clare K. Roberts; and the Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Santiago A. Canton. The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, participated in the commemoration ceremony, along with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Foreign Minister of Chile, Mariano Fernández.
Following is the complete text of the Declaration of Santiago de Chile.
DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO DE CHILE
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its creation in the city of Santiago, Chile,
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