N° 08/09




Washington, D.C., February 25, 2009 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented a report to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights about the situation of persons from the Jiguamiandó and Curvaradó communities in Colombia, who are protected by provisional measures ordered by the Inter-American Court on March 6, 2003. This report was requested to the Commission by the Inter-American Court through its Resolution dated February 5, 2008.


The report contains the observations of the working visit that the Commission conducted to the Republic of Colombia from November 17 to 21, 2008. The IACHR delegation, led by the Rapporteur for Colombia, Commissioner Víctor Abramovich, held meetings in Bogota and visited the banks of the river Jiguamiandó, as well as Riosucio, in the Department of Chocó.


In its conclusions, the IACHR report acknowledges the efforts made by the Colombian State to implement these provisional measures.  The report also concludes that the situation that prompted the request for provisional measures remains unchanged; and that accordingly, it is necessary to maintain these measures to protect the members of the Jiguamiandó and Curvaradó communities.


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 Inter-American Commission has the mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. 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.



IACHR Report of the visit to the Jiguamiandó and Curvaradó communities (only available in Spanish)

Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Resolution dated March 6, 2003

Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Resolution dated February 5, 2008



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