UNASUR supports Ecuador to convene a Party State Conference of the American Convention of Human Rights
29 de Noviembre de 2012 - 16h18
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In the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of UNASUR which is held in Lima, Minister Patiño suggested on Thursday that, prior to the Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS to be carried out on 2013, the 25 States that are part of the American Convention on Human Rights gather up with the main purpose of building jointed proposals for the reforms and strengthening of the IACHR. The proposal was supported anonymously.
The Ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) accepted in a anonymously manner Ecuador´s proposal, emphasizing the necessity of reforming to improve and strengthen the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights System (IACHR). Within this context, it was agreed that Peru, in its Capacity of President Pro Tempore of the group, requests to the General Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, to summon to the reunion between January or February of next year.
Minister Patiño specified that the IACHR is fully in force in the Latin-American and some Caribbean nations, whereas the United States and Canada haven´t ratified the Convention, nor they have recognized the competition of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In that sense, he emphasized that is fundamental to advance towards the universality of the IACHR, through which this regulates for all the States in the Hemisphere.
“ The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights System must be modified, it needs to orientate appropriately its functions, it cannot overreach or accomplish functions that do not belong to it, it must do what it has to, promote human rights” assured Minister Patiño during the plenary.
During the meeting, the reforms of the IACHR were also addressed, and there was a debate around the fact that if the Organization founded in 1959 has or not the capacity of requiring to the Adoption States de precautionary measures to supposedly preventing irreparable damages to people who find themselves under the jurisdiction of these damages, in an independent way of any kind of petition or independent case, just like it appears on its bylaw.
“That is not in its statutes. However, it included in its regulation”. Assured in the conclave.
Minister Patiño also pointed out the necessity that the reforms of the IACHR guarantee that the annual report of Human Rights incorporates the achievements and improves practices in the region, as well as the inclusion of the economic, social cultural, environmental, and development rights. He expressed that this must be a unique report where the reports of all the rapporteurs gather up. He also put forth that all rapporteurs must count with equal budgets as well as conduct codes for its functioning.
Minister Patiño also stood out the work propelled by the Ecuadorian government in promoting Human Rights, results that reflect in the social inclusion, equity, work, and employment, that is to say, both in the individual rights as in the collective, environmental and development ones.
PRESS RELEASE No. 1334
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