ANNEX TO PRESS RELEASE 38/10
ON THE 138TH REGULAR PERIOD OF SESSIONS OF THE IACHR
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held its 138th regular period of sessions on March 15-26, 2010. The IACHR is composed of Felipe González, Chair; Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, First Vice-Chair; Dinah Shelton, Second Vice-Chair; and Commissioners Luz Patricia Mejía, María Silvia Guillén, José de Jesús Orozco, and Rodrigo Escobar. The Executive Secretary is Santiago A. Canton. The IACHR is the principal body of the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) responsible for safeguarding the observance of human rights in all States of the Americas.
During the 138th period of sessions, the IACHR held 35 hearings and 18 working meetings. The Commission also decided that the new Rapporteur for El Salvador is Commissioner Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. In addition, the IACHR approved 62 reports on individual cases and petitions: 23 on admissibility, 4 on inadmissibility, 4 on friendly settlements, 2 on the merits, 2 on decisions to publish reports on the merits, and 27 archive reports. These reports reflect some of the structural human rights problems that persist in the region. They refer to the respect for the right to life and humane treatment, guarantees of due process and judicial protection, and the exercise of economic, social, and cultural rights and the rights of children, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, women, persons deprived of liberty, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population, among other matters.
The IACHR expresses its satisfaction over the recognition of responsibility and the apology made by Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes on March 24, 2010, for the extrajudicial execution of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, Archbishop of San Salvador, 30 years after his death. Archbishop Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980, by a death squad made up of agents of the State. During this period of sessions, the Commission held a hearing on Case 10.488, Ignacio Ellacuría et al. (The Jesuits), in which the State provided information on the progress made in compliance with the recommendations of the Commission's report on the merits with regard to reparations. The Inter-American Commission reiterates that the State has the obligation to conduct all necessary investigations—completely, impartially, and effectively—to officially clarify, determine responsibility for, and punish those who committed serious human rights violations during the Salvadoran armed conflict. The State also has a duty to ensure that the 1993 General Amnesty Law does not continue to present an obstacle in the respective investigations.
The IACHR also expresses its satisfaction over the progress made in the friendly settlement process of Case 12.277 (João Evangelista Vilarins et al. − "Fazenda Ubá") regarding Brazil. The case has to do with the alleged extrajudicial execution of eight landless peasants during a forced eviction operation carried out in June 1985 in the vicinity of Hacienda Ubá, in the municipality of São João do Araguaia, in the state of Pará. In a working meeting held during these sessions, the parties agreed on the terms of a friendly settlement agreement, establishing concrete measures to ensure the reparation of the moral and material damages suffered by the relatives of the eight alleged victims and to prevent similar violations from being repeated. The aforementioned agreement is expected to be signed in a private meeting with the petitioners and the victims' relatives, which will take place in the near future in the state of Pará.
On March 25, 2010, the IACHR received a visit from the Governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas, Juan Sabines Guerrero. Governor Sabines stated that the Commission's issues have the highest priority and talked about the efforts being carried out in Chiapas to promote a culture of respect for human rights. The Commission welcomed his commitment to move forward in friendly settlement processes involving cases that are before the IACHR.
With regard to Guatemala, the IACHR urges the prompt creation of an effective mechanism to search for the estimated 45,000 persons who were victims of forced disappearance during the country's internal armed conflict. With regard to the upcoming election of the General Public Prosecutor, the Commission reiterates the need to guarantee that background records and steps for selection be made public and that civil society be able to effectively participate in and monitor this process.
In several hearings—Right to Consultation of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Region and Implementation of Projects of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA); Human Rights Situation of the Ashaninka People in Peru; and Situation of Indigenous Communal Property in Nicaragua—the Commission received information on the problems indigenous peoples face due to the lack of prior consultation and the lack of protection of their ancestral territories. In this regard, the IACHR values the actions taken by many States to legally recognize the traditional territories of indigenous peoples; nonetheless, it reiterates that the American Convention obligates the States to undertake free and informed prior consultation to obtain the consent of indigenous peoples and communities potentially affected by the development programs and investment projects carried out in their territories. Moreover, the Commission views with concern the weakness of actions taken to protect ancestral territories. These place indigenous peoples in a situation of permanent vulnerability to the interests of third parties in the natural resources contained in indigenous territories.
During the hearing on Discrimination against Women in the Exercise of their Economic and Social Rights in the Americas, Flavia Piovesan, Laura Pautassi, and Gaynel Curry—all recognized experts on this issue—pointed to progress women in the region have made in the area of economic and social rights, including constitutional and legislative reforms in the States recognizing women's equality in employment and education. They also underscored the transforming power of public policy changes that have come about because of cases involving discrimination against women—such as Maria da Penha (Brazil) and María Morales de la Sierra (Guatemala)—that have been resolved by the IACHR. However, the experts noted that significant gender inequality persists in the region, including discrimination against women in the labor market, women's limited access to social security, and the high rates of illiteracy among women and girls when compared to rates among men. They said they believe it is important for States in the region to recognize, in their regulatory frameworks, the domestic work and care-giving done by women. The experts expressed particular concern over the deplorable situations of poverty, exclusion, and limited political participation of indigenous and Afro-descendant women. One challenge that remains, they said, is the need for all the OAS Member States to ratify the Protocol of San Salvador, as well as to implement affirmative and promotional measures in the spheres of education and labor. They also talked about the need for a coordinated approach between the inter-American system and the United Nations universal human rights system in terms of promoting the economic and social rights of women in the hemisphere.
The participation in hearings and working meetings of representatives of the OAS Member States, as well as those who participated as victims or petitioners, contributes significantly to strengthening the work of protecting the human rights of the people of the hemisphere. The Inter-American Commission values and appreciates their attendance and participation. In this regard, it is worth noting that individuals who offer testimony or information during the hearings should enjoy all necessary guarantees.
In a meeting with the IACHR on March 16, 2010, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, talked about the activities he has carried out during his mandate, and he and the Commissioners identified several areas of common interest. Among other things, they proposed that the UN and OAS rapporteurships on respecting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples coordinate such activities as preparing standards and guidelines, doing special studies, conducting on-site visits, or carrying out promotional or outreach activities on critical issues. Such issues might include the protection of ancestral territories; the effective enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights; the protection of indigenous peoples and communities from the potentially harmful effects of major infrastructure projects; or the exercise of individual and collective political rights.
On March 25, 2010, the IACHR met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Mr. Anand Grover. The meeting provided the opportunity to exchange ideas about the challenges faced in the world and the region in guaranteeing greater and better access to health-care services for all and in eliminating factors that jeopardize the enjoyment of this human right.
The 139th period of sessions will take place July 12-16 and will include no hearings or working meetings. The 140th period of sessions will run from October 20 through November 5, and the deadline for submitting requests for hearings and working meetings is August 31, 2010.
I. REPORTS ON INDIVIDUAL PETITIONS AND CASES
The IACHR studied numerous individual petitions and cases that allege violations of human rights protected in the American Convention of Human Rights, the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and other inter-American instruments. Following is the list of petitions and cases for which reports were approved during the 138th period of sessions. Once the parties have been notified, the Inter-American Commission will publish on its Web site the reports on the cases in which the decisions are of a public nature.
A. Admissibility Reports
P. 1723-02 - Homero Flor Freire, Ecuador
P. 1011-03 - Fredy Marcelo Núñez Naranjo et al., Ecuador
P. 12.088 - Segundo Norberto Contreras Contreras, Ecuador
P. 664-98 - Rigoberto Tenorio Roca et al., Peru
P. 262-05 - José do Egito Romão Diniz, Brazil
P. 12.378- Fátima Regina Nascimento de Oliveira et al., Brazil
P. 12.374 - Jorge Enrique Patiño Palacios et al., Paraguay
Peticiones 703-98 – Luis Enrique López Medrano; 1070-98 – Edwin Elías Genovés Canchari; 1097-98 – Edgard Montaño Zapana; 12.162 – Nancy Gilvonio Conde, Peru
P. 214-08 - Koempai et al., Suriname
P. 12.106 - Enrique Hermann Pfister Frías and Lucrecia Oliver de Pfister Frías, Argentina
P. 898-03 - Felipe Nery Paez Mauro, Paraguay
P. 1198-05 – Ivanildo Amaro da Silva et al., Brazil
P. 150-06 - Nélio Nakamura Bandão et al., Brazil
P. 590-05 - Marcio Aurelio Gonçalves, Brazil
P. 999-06 - Adão Pereira de Souza and Clotilde de Souza Rocha, Brazil
P. 120-07 - N.I. Sequoyah, United States
P. 242-05 - Mossville Enviromental Action Now, United States
P. 1325-05 - Masacre Estadero "El Aracatazzo," Colombia
P. 509-00 - Carlos Arturo Uva Velandia, Colombia
P. 2779-02 - Aranzazu Menesses de Jiménez, Colombia
P. 1166-05 – Tibú Massacres, Colombia
P. 142-03 – Jorge Sedano Falcón et al., Peru
P. 1119-03 – Garifuna Community of Punta Piedra and its members, Honduras
B. Inadmissibility Reports
P. 12.118 - Alicia Álvarez Trinidad, Peru
P. 480-00 - Fidel Gutiérrez Gayoso, Peru
P. 3576-02 - Dismissed Employees of Lanificio del Perú S.A., Peru
P. 473-03 - Manuel Tejeda Ruelas, Mexico
C. Reports on Friendly Settlements
Case 11.758 - Rodolfo Correa Belisle, Argentina
Case 11.796 - Mario Humberto Gómez Yardez, Argentina
Case 12.536 - Raquel Natalia Lagunas and Sergio Antonio Sorbellini, Argentina
P. 228-07 - Carlos Dogliani, Uruguay
D. Reports on the Merits
The IACHR adopted a total of four reports on the merits, two of which were decisions to publish:
Case 12.308 - Manoel Leal de Oliveira, Brazil
Case 12.469 - Margarita Barbería Miranda, Chile
E. Archive Reports
P. 139-00 - Daniel Ricardo Bellini, Argentina
P. 1003-03 - Juan Carlos Ruiz Díaz, Argentina
P. 695-01 - Leonardo Cristian Rocha, Argentina
P. 1375-06 - Elizabeth Aída Ochoa Mamami, Bolivia
P. 1282-06 - Guy Legrande, United States
P. 461-01 - Lucien Gervais, Haiti
P. 12.100 - Frantz Henri Jean-Louis and Thomas Asabath, Haiti
P. 134-02 - Rémy and Léonard Lucas, Haiti
P. 897-03 - Canute Cummingham, Jamaica
Case 12.036 - Raúl Alfonso Valdez Roca, Peru
Case 11.617 - Mineworkers of Shougang Hierro Perú S.A., Peru
Case 10.929 - Viviano Hilario Mancha et al., Peru
Case 11.718 - Carlos Masias Chiroque, Peru
Case 11.806 - Demetrio Limonier Chávez Peñaherrera, Peru
P. 1118-04 - Luis Miguel Sánchez Aldana, Suriname
Case 12.187 - Peter Isaac, Trinidad and Tobago
Case 11.718 - Anthony Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago
P. 1401-06 - Lawrence Dutra da Costa, Brazil
P. 456-01 - José Geraldo Araújo da Silva, Brazil
P. 509-05 - Marina Concepción Ramírez, Colombia
Case 12.283 - Lauterio Ballén Jiménez, Colombia
Case 10.549 - Robert Ayto Ospina López et al., Colombia
Case 11.591 - Silvina Rosa Angelina González Mejía et al., Colombia
Case 11.744 – Padre Ezio Guadalupe Roattino Bernardi, Colombia
Case 11.452 - Francisco Llaguno Cobos, Ecuador
Case 10.741 – Luis Efraín Peña Solar, Peru
P. 1113-02 – Luz Magaly Serna Rugeles, Venezuela
During the sessions the IACHR also ruled on 18 requests for precautionary measures.
From March 19 to 23, the Commission held 35 hearings on individual cases and petitions, precautionary measures, and on general and specific human rights situations.
The public hearings that took place in Room A of the Padilha Vidal, in the Ruben Darío Room, and in the Colón Room were transmitted live on the Internet, thanks to the ollaboration of Primestream Corporation. The IACHR thanks Primestream and its president, Claudio Lisman, for providing the bandwidth needed to transmit high-quality videos of the hearings to a wide audience, thus responding to the growing interest from all countries of the region in watching the hearings.
The videos of the Webcast hearings are available on the IACHR’s public hearings page, along with links to high-definition photographs taken during the hearings. External Web sites are authorized to link to this audio and visual material as long as appropriate credit is given to the OAS. The IACHR page also includes audio recordings of the 35 hearings that were held.
A. General and Thematic Hearings
During this period of sessions, the following hearings were held on the general human rights situation in OAS Member States and on other national and regional matters:
· General Situation of Human Rights in Guatemala
· Legislation on Forced Disappearance in Guatemala
· Public Policy on Reparations in Guatemala
· Right to Consultation of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Region and Implementation of Projects of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA)
· Situation of the Prison System in Brazil
· General Situation of Human Rights in Colombia
· General Situation of Human Rights in Colombia
· Process of Demobilization of Paramilitary Groups in Medellín and Enforcement of the Justice and Peace Law
· Situation of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women in Colombia
· Political Reform in Mexico
· Attacks on Journalists in Mexico
· Human Rights Situation of Migrants in Transit through Mexican Territory
· Situation of the Right to Health of Indigenous People in Chiapas, Mexico
· Situation of Broadcasting in Latin America
· Economic and Social Rights in Haiti following the Earthquake
· Discrimination against Women in the Exercise of their Economic and Social Rights in the Americas
· Complaints about Criminalization and Repression of Social Protest in Peru
· Use of Children in Armed Organizations and Recruitment of Minors in the Peruvian Armed Forces
· Human Rights Situation of the Ashaninka People in Peru
· Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression in Ecuador
· Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression in the Andean Region
· Situation of the Administration of Justice in Panama
· Response of the Judiciary to the Crimes and Events related to the Coup d’Etat in Honduras
· Situation of Indigenous Communal Property in Nicaragua
The Commission also held three hearings that were closed, at the request of the organizations and individuals that asked for them. These were on: Violence, Citizen Security, and Prison Conditions in Venezuela; Deterioration of Institutions, Failure to Compy with Decisions of the Inter-American System, and Threats to Human Rights Defenders in Venezuela; and Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression, Information, and Association in Venezuela.
B. Hearings on Precautionary Measures and Individual Petitions and Cases
During this period of sessions, the following hearings were held on petitions and cases:
· Interstate Petition 2 – Franklin Guillermo Aisalla Monila, Ecuador v. Colombia
· Case 12.221 – Jorge Omar Gutierréz, Argentina
· Case 12.632 – Adriana Beatriz Gallo et al., Argentina
· Case 12.684 – Jeremy Smith, Jamaica
· Case 10.488 – Ignacio Ellacuría et al. (The Jesuits), El Salvador
· Case 12.288 – Juan García Cruz and Santiago Sánchez Silvestre, Mexico
· Case 12.718 and PM 271/05 – Community of La Oroya, Peru
· Case 10.738 – The Disappeared of the Palace of Justice, Colombia
III. WORKING MEETINGS
During the 138th period of sessions, 18 working meetings were held on petitions, cases, and precautionary measures involving Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru, as follows:
· PM 83/99 – Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, Colombia
· PM 110/99 – Rural Association of Río Cimitarra Valley, Colombia
· PM 265/02 – Embera Chamí Indigenous People, Colombia
· PM 629/03 – Interfaith Justice and Peace Commission, Colombia
· PM 252/08 – Jorge Ceballos Sáenz and family; PM 331/08 – Mónica Gutiérrez Berni, Colombia
· PM 250/09 – Members of the Hermanos en el Camino Migrant Shelter, Presbyter Pedro Pantoja Arreola and his team of collaborators in Belén, Posada del Migrante, Frontera Con Justicia, A.C., and Humanidad Sin Fronteras, A.C., Mexico
· Petition 983/05 – Richard Ledezma Torrico et al. (La Guerra del Agua/"The Water War"), Bolivia
· Case 11.565 – Ana Beatriz and Celia González Pérez, Mexico
· Case 11.820 – Eldorado dos Carajás, Brazil
· Case 12.277 – Fazenda Ubá, Brazil
· Case 12.200 – Henrique and Juvenal Trindade, Brazil
· Case 11.481 – Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, El Salvador
· Paragraphs c and d of the IACHR-Peru Joint Press Release of February 22, 2001
· Case 12.359 – Cristina Aguayo et al., Paraguay
· Case 12.330 – Marcelino Gómez and Cristian Ariel Núñez, Paraguay
· Case 9.111 – Ileana del Rosario Solares Castillo, Guatemala
· Case 12.271 – Benito Tide Méndez et al., Dominican Republic
· Case 11.101 – Caloto Massacre, Colombia
· P 1288/06 – Aymara Chusmiza Usmagama Community, Chile
IV. RAPPORTEURSHIPS AND THEMATIC AREAS
This section contains a summary of some of the main activities carried out by the IACHR, through its special rapporteurships and thematic areas, since its 137th period of sessions, which took place in October 2009. The Commission's rapporteurships do promotion-related work, prepare and publish thematic reports, and provide support with regard to the system of individual petitions and cases, the processing of precautionary measures, and hearings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, among other activities.
A. Rapporteurship on the Rights of Afro-Descendants and against Racial Discrimination
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Afro-Descendants and against Racial Discrimination, which was under the direction of Commissioner Clare K. Roberts until December 2009, is now led by Commissioner María Silvia Guillén, as of January 2010.
The Rapporteurship continued to provide technical assistance to the Working Group of the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs in charge of preparing a Draft Inter-American Convention against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance. The Working Group resumed its meetings on February 18, 2010. Prior to that, on December 14, 2009, the Rapporteurship’s specialist attorney made a presentation to the members of the Working Group during an informational meeting.
The Rapporteurship also participated in and made a presentation on "The Inter-American System and Discrimination against Afro-Descendant Women" during an event entitled Participation and Involvement of Afro-Descendant Women in the Organization of American States in the Context of the Inter-American Year of Women. The event—organized by Global Rights−Partners for Justice and the Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women—took place in Panama City on February 23-24, 2010.
B. Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women, under the direction of Commissioner Luz Patricia Mejía, continued its work on the obstacles women face in being able to exercise their rights free of discrimination. Currently, through various projects, the work of the Rapporteurship is focused on three main areas: political participation, reproductive rights, and economic and social rights. The projects, which receive financial support from the governments of Finland and Spain, aim to publish thematic reports with recommendations to the States on how to better meet their human rights obligations in these areas.
C. Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, led by Commissioner Víctor Abramovich until December 2009, has been under the direction of Commissioner Dinah Shelton since January 2010.
The Rapporteurship prepared the report Captive Communities: Situation of the Guaraní Indigenous People and Contemporary Forms of Slavery in the Bolivian Chaco, as well as a regional study on States’ obligation to protect the right to property of indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on the right to consultation and prior consent. Both reports were approved by the IACHR in December 2009 and will be published in the near future.
The Rapporteurship hired attorney Federico Guzmán as a specialist in the rights of indigenous peoples.
D. Rapporteurship on the Rights of the Child
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of the Child, headed by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, completed the information-gathering phase on the issue of juvenile justice in the Americas. It is currently in the final editing phase of the report, under a cooperation agreement signed between the IACHR and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
E. Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families, under the direction of Commissioner Felipe González, has continued with the report on U.S. immigration enforcement, detention, and the impact of detention on due process.
On November 19-20, 2009, in San José, Costa Rica, the Rapporteurship presented during the regional conference on the protection of refugees in mixed migration flows, held by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Rapporteurship participated in the working group to develop the conference’s final conclusions and recommendations.
F. Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty
The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas, which was led by Commissioner Florentín Meléndez until December 2009, has been under the direction of Commissioner Rodrigo Escobar Gil since January 2010.
The Rapporteurship is working on updating its Web page and on disseminating the document Principles and Best Practices on the Protection of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas, which was adopted by the IACHR on March 13, 2008. Toward that end, on November 25, 2009, Commissioner Florentín Meléndez participated as a speaker in the First Conference on Prison Issues: Detainees in Preventive Prison, organized by the University of Buenos Aires.
G. Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, under the direction of Catalina Botero, continued to do outreach activities, including seminars, conferences, and training sessions. The Office of the Special Rapporteur also advised OAS Member States on this issue.
In addition, in December 2009 the Office of the Special Rapporteur participated in the discussions on the Model Inter-American Law on Access to Information being developed by the OAS through its Department of International Law and the Secretariat for Legal Affairs.
H. Unit for Human Rights Defenders
The Unit for Human Rights Defenders, which was led by Commissioner Paolo Carozza until December 2009, has been under the direction of Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco since January 2010.
The Unit is in the process of preparing the follow-up report to the Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, which was approved on March 7, 2006.
V. WORK RELATED TO THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT
The Inter-American Commission has submitted 138 contentious cases to be heard by the Court. Of those, 14 are awaiting public hearing; 2 are awaiting judgment; 106 are in the stage of compliance with judgment; and 16 are closed. There are also 41 active provisional measures and 4 requests for provisional measures pending the Court’s decision.
Since the 137th regular period of sessions, held in October 2009, the IACHR has submitted the following cases to the Court's contentious jurisdiction. (The published applications are available on the IACHR Web page.)
· Case 12.668, Leopoldo López Mendoza v. the State of Venezuela
· Case 11.535, Pedro Miguel Vera Vera et al. v. the State of Ecuador
· Case 12.530, José Alfredo Mejía Idrovo v. the State of Ecuador
· Case 12.556, Mercedes Chocrón Chocrón v. the State of Venezuela
· Case 12.607, Juan Gelman, María Claudia Iruretagoyena de Gelman, and María Macarena Gelman García Iruretagoyena v. the State of Uruguay
· Case 12.384, Union of Employees, Professionals, and Technicians of the Lima Water and Sewerage Service Company v. the State of Peru
Between November 2009 and March 2010, the Commission participated in the hearings of the Court’s LXXXVI regular period of sessions, held at its headquarters. Public hearings were held in the cases of Cepeda et al. (Venezuela) and Chitay Nech (Guatemala). Hearings were also held on the implementation of provisional measures in the matters of Meléndez Quijano (El Salvador), Eloisa Barrios (Venezuela), Giraldo Cardona (Colombia), Caballero Delgado y Santana (Colombia), and Sarayaku (Ecuador), and one hearing was held on provisional measures and compliance with judgment, in the Case of García Prieto (El Salvador). Closed hearings have also been held on compliance with judgment with regard to the cases of Serrano Cruz (El Salvador), Apitz Barbera (Venezuela), Las Palmeras (Colombia), El Amparo (Venezuela), Barrios Altos (Peru), Moiwana (Suriname), Cesti Hurtado (Peru), Acevedo Jaramillo et al. (Peru), and María Teresa de la Cruz Flores (Peru).
In addition, so far this year the Commission has presented six requests for provisional measures in the matters of Natera Balboa (Venezuela), Guerrero Larez (Venezuela), Ngobe Communities (Panama), Belfort Community Radio Stations (Venezuela), Wong Ho Wing (Peru), and Almonte Herrera et al. (Dominican Republic).
VI. FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
The IACHR would like to express its special appreciation for the significant financial contributions made by countries within and outside the region, as well as by international organizations and agencies, foundations, and other entities. These donations make it possible for the IACHR to carry out a great many of its activities related to the mandates of the OAS political bodies.
The IACHR particularly appreciates the contributions made in 2009 and so far in 2010 by the governments of the following OAS member countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States. It would also like to thank the observer countries that support the Commission’s activities: Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, Luxemburg, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Commission also values and appreciates the contributions received from the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency, Save the Children/Sweden, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the University of Notre Dame. Finally, the IACHR thanks Primestream Corporation for its help in the transmission of the public hearings. These donations contribute concretely to the strengthening of the inter-American human rights system in the Americas.
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