N° 60/10




Washington, D.C., June 8, 2010—The Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Felipe González, today presented the Commission's 2009 Annual Report to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).


"Some States have complied with the Commission's resolutions to a significant degree, but the level of general compliance continues to be unacceptably low, and there are many cases in which the States affected have yet to fully implement the recommendations that have been made," the Commission Chair indicated. Along these lines, he emphasized the importance of raising the levels of compliance with the recommendations and protection measures handed down by the IACHR.


The IACHR Chair summarized the main contents of the report and referred to Chapter IV, which includes a specific analysis of the human rights situation in the OAS Member States that the Commission believed warranted special attention. These countries are Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela.


On another point, the IACHR Chair underscored the achievements made by the Commission in reducing its procedural backlog, but he stressed the need for the political support repeatedly expressed by the States to be reflected in a budgetary increase that allows the Commission to fulfill the functions it has been assigned.


"Increases in the workload have not been reflected in a corresponding increase in resources, and it is essential that the Commission's activities be financed with OAS regular funds and not be dependent on specific funds, in order to ensure the sustainability of this essential work," González said. "The Commission has noted that the General Assembly's agenda includes the consideration of resolutions related to support for the Commission and the human rights system, and it hopes that the will expressed therein also comes with the means to discharge the difficult mandate the Member States have given it," he added. 


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 any country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.


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