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OAS-Department of Public Security-Legal Framework

DPS - Inter-American Observatory on Security - Legal Framework - Inter-American System

Inter-American Legal Framework on Public Security

Prior to the creation of the Organization of American States, the OAS Member States have been committed to the development and codification of international law in the Americas.  This page provides information and links to the Inter-American treaties, conventions, resolutions and recommendations on public security that have been approved in the context of the Summit of the Americas, the OAS General Assembly and other political bodies of the OAS, as well as during the Ministerial processes or meetings of high authorities of the OAS Member States. 

This page presents the Inter-American legal framework by type of documents.  These can also be found by topic

 

Inter-American Conventions related to Public Security

Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials (CIFTA)
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Inter-American Convention on Transparency in Conventional Weapons Acquisitions
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Inter-American Convention against Corruption
The Inter-American Convention against Corruption which was approved in Caracas, Venezuela in March 1996 is the first international legal instrument in the field that recognizes the international transcendence against corruption and the necessity to promote and facilitate cooperation between Member States in order to combat it. 
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Inter-American Convention on the Illicit Traffic in Minors
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Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, Convention Belem do Pará
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Declaration on Security in the Americas
23 de octubre de 2003
The Declaration on Security in the Americas was adopted in the context of the Special Conference on Security held in Mexico City in 2003.  This is a fundamental document for the work of the Organization in security as it underscores the necessity to cooperate in order to confront the new challenges to security in the Hemisphere. 
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Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas

Commitment to Public Security in the Americas - MISPA I
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Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security - MISPA II
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Summit of the Americas - Commitment of Port-of-Spain (2009)

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Resolutions of the OAS General Assembly

MISPA

AG/RES 2444 (XXXIX-O/09) - Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas
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AG/RES 2540 (XL-O/10) - Follow-up to the Meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas
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Transnational Organized Crime

AG/RES 2189 (XXXVI/O-06) - Fighting Transnational Organized Crime in the Hemisphere
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AG/RES 2379 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Execution of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against Transnational Organized Crime and Strengthening of Hemispheric Cooperation
ES EN

AG/RES 2490 (XXXIX-O/09) - Execution of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against Transnational Organized Crime and Strengthening of Hemispheric Cooperation
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AG/RES 2543 (XL-O/10) - Execution of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against Transnational Organized Crime and Strengthening of Hemispheric Cooperation
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Illicit Trafficking in Firearms

AG/RES. 1445 (XXVII-O/97) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES. 1621 (XXIX-O/99) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES. 1642 (XXIX-O/99) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
EN SP FR PO

AG/RES. 1743 (XXX-O/00) - OAS Declaration of Small Arms and Light Weapons
EN SP FR PO

AG/RES. 1750 (XXX-O/00) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
EN SP FR PO

AG/RES. 1796 (XXXI-O/01) - Support for the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects
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SP FR PO

AG/RES. 1797 (XXXI-O/01) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
EN
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AG/RES. 1800 (XXXI-O/01) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES. 1874 (XXXII-O/02) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
EN ES FR PO

AG/RES. 1888 (XXXII-O/02) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
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AG/RES. 1968 (XXXIII-O/03) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
EN
ES FR PO

AG/RES. 1972 (XXXIII-O/03) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES. 1997 (XXXIV-O/04) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons
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AG/RES. 1999 (XXXIV-O/04) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials 
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AG/RES. 2094 (XXXV-O/05) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
EN ES FR PO

AG/RES. 2108 (XXXV-O/05) - Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons  
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AG/RES. 2179 (XXXVI-O/06) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES. 2297 (XXXVII-O/07) - Addressing Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons:  Stockpile Management and Security
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AG/RES. 2341 (XXXVII-O/07) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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AG/RES 2381 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
ES EN

AG/RES 2460 (XXXIX-O/09) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
ES EN

AG/RES 2535 (XL-O/10) - Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials
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Trafficking in Persons

AG/RES 2551 (XL-O/10) - Work Plan against Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere
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AG/RES 2456 (XXXIX-O/09) - Hemispheric Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Conclusions and Recommendations of the Second Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
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AG/RES 2486 (XXXIX-O/09) - Prevention and Suppression of the commercial sexual exploitation, illicit smuggling and trafficking in boys, girls and adolescents
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AG/RES 2432 (XXXVIII-O/08) – Prevention and Eradication of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Smuggling of and Trafficking in Children
ES EN PO FR

AG/RES 2348 (XXXVII-O/07) - Hemispheric Cooperation Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Second Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
ES EN

AG/RES 2240 (XXXVI-O/06) - Combating the Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Smuggling of and Trafficking in Children in the Hemisphere
ES EN

AG/RES 2256 (XXXVI-O/06) - Hemispheric Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Conclusions and Recommendations of the First Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
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AG/RES 2118 (XXXV-O/05) - Fighting the Crime of Trafficking in Persons
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AG/RES 1948 (XXXIII-O/03) – Fighting the Crime of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women, Children and Adolescents
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Penitentiary and Prison Systems

AG/RES 2403 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Study on the Rights and the Care of Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment
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Humanitarian Demining

AG/RES 2443 (XXXIX-O/09) - Follow-Up to the Special Conference on Security
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AG/RES 2453 (XXXIX-O/09) - The Americas as a Antipersonnel-Landmine-Free Zone
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AG/RES 2507 (XXXIX-O/09) - Promotion of and Respect for International Humanitarian Law
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Crime and Violence Prevention in the Americas

AG/RES 2431 (XXXVIII/O-08) - Preventing Crime and Violence in the Americas
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Violence against women

AG/RES 1456 (XXVII-O/97)- Promotion of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Erradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
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AG/RES 1768 (XXXI-O/01): Second Biennial Report on Compliance with Resolution AG/RES. 1456 (XXVII-O/97), "Promotion of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2012 (XXXIV-O/04) - Violence against Women; Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2138 (XXXV-O/05): Fourth Biennial Report on Compliance with Resolution AG/RES. 1456 (XXVII-O/97), "Promotion of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2162 (XXVII-O/06): Mechanism to Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2331 (XXXVII-O/07): Fifth Biennial Report on Compliance with Resolution AG/RES. 1456 (XXVII-O/97), "Promotion of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2330 (XXXVII-O/07): Mechanism to Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2544 (XL-O/10) - Mechanism to Follow-up on implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Erradication of Violence against Women, "Convention of Belém do Pará"
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Criminal Gangs

AG/RES 2541 (XL-O/10) - Regional Strategy to Promote Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Criminal Gangs
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AG/RES. 2461 (XXXIX-O/09) - Promotion of Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Criminal Gangs
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2380 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Promotion of Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Criminal Gangs
ES EN FR PO

AG/RES 2299 (XXXVII-O/07) - Promotion of Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Criminal Gangs
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AG/RES 2247 (XXXVI-O/06) - Promotion of Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Gangs involved in Criminal Activities
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AG/RES 2144 (XXXV-O/05) - Promotion of Hemispheric Cooperation in Dealing with Criminal Gangs
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Security (Generals)

AG/RES. 2443 (XXXIX-O/09) - Follow-up on the Special Conference on Security
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AG/RES 2357 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Follow-up on the Special Conference on Security
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AG/RES. 2447 (XXXIX-O/09) - Confidence and Security-Building in the Americas
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REMJA Process

AG/RES 2581 (XL-O/10) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 2369 (XXXVIII-O/08) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 2266 (XXXVII-O/07) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 2228 (XXXVI-O/06) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 2068 (XXXV-O/05) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 2040 (XXXIV-O/04) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 1924 (XXXIII-O/03) - Reunión de Ministros de Justicia u Otros Ministros, Procuradores o Fiscales Generales de las Américas
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AG/RES. 1849 (XXXII-O/02) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 1781 (XXXI-O/01) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 1763 (XXX-O/00) - Follow-up of the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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AG/RES. 1615 (XXIX-O/99) - Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas
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Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas

REMJA gathers Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the OAS Member States responsible for international judiciary cooperation, especially in the criminal domain.  REMJA is mandated to elaborate recommendations to OAS Member States in order to improve the efficiency and rapidness of their public policies and cooperation between them, in the areas of relevance. 

REMJA IV – Recommedations on how to improve judiciary adminstration
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REMJA V – Recommendations on Penitentiary and Prison Policies
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REMJA VI – Recommendations on Penitentiary and Prison Policies
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REMJA VII- Recommendations on Penitentiary and Prison Policies
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REMJA VIII - Conclusions and Recommendations
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Meetings of Authorities Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies

Conclusions and Recommendations of the First Meeting of Penitentiary and Prison Policies
Washington, DC - October 16-17, 2003
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Conclusions and Recommendations of the Second Meeting of Penitentiary and Prison Policies
Valdivia, Chile - August 26-28, 2008
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights "Principles and Best Practices on the Protection of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas"
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Meetings of Authorities against Trafficking in Persons

Conclusions and Recommendations of the Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
Porlamar, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - March 14-17, 2006

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Conclusions and Recommendations of the Second Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 25-27, 2009

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Resolutions of the Meeting of Ministers or of the Highest-Ranking Authorities responsible for the Advancement of Women in the Americas

Report REMIN I
Washington, DC - April 27-28, 2000

Spanish only

Report REMIN II
Washington, DC - April 21-23, 2004

Spanish only

Report of the REMIN III
Santiago, Chile - November 13, 2008

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Last update: July 8, 2010
 

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