N° 26/09




Washington, D.C., May 12, 2009 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has prepared a project for the reform of its rules of procedure governing the processing of petitions and cases before the IACHR and the Inter-American Court. The draft is available on the IACHR’s Web site.


The Commission invites the OAS Member States, civil society organizations and other experts to submit observations so that it may take their views into account during the final stage of review and approval of the proposed changes. 


In order to submit the corresponding observations, please send an e-mail to: and write “Observations regarding the draft proposal on the reform of the Rules of Procedure” as the subject of the message. The IACHR will receive observations until June 30, 2009.


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.



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