The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.
Last month, we profiled and scored all seven nominees and interviewed the U.S. nominee, Doug Cassel. Yesterday, the OAS elected candidates from Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
Next week the hemisphere’s foreign ministers—including U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson—will gather in Cancun. They will vote on IACHR commissioners and the budget, but will there be real action on Venezuela?
At the June OAS General Assembly meeting, member states will vote on a slate of nominees to fill three open positions on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Here are their bios, the criticisms and their scores.
Mexico is a strong, vocal advocate for human rights in international forums. But not so much when it comes to accepting international oversight and action to protect Mexicans’ rights and lives.
This week the Inter-American Commission—a keystone in the inter-American system of human rights—warned that it will have to curtail activities and staff due to a budget shortfall. Will member states step up in time to save it?
The program discusses the findings by independent investigators for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the Mexican government actively harassed their workers and thwarted the inquiry into the case of 43 missing university students.
A recent Spanish report by DeJusticia details the modern challenges of the inter-American system of human rights: political consensus; countries refusing to pay their obligations; and countries cutting their contributions when they receive decisions they don’t like.