On November 6, 2013, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a ceremony to thank the countries and institutions that have provided financial support for the work of the IACHR on a regular basis since 2012.
More than half of the Commission’s income is derived from voluntary contributions, without which the IACHR would not be able to fulfill its mandate to protect and promote human rights.
Chair of the IACHR, Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez
Our active engagement in the Inter-American system, on an incredibly wide range of topics, strongly reflects our commitment to participate, to learn, and to work together to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms -- on the basis of equality and shared responsibility.
Our support to the IACHR aims to help ensure its autonomy, as well as its ability to exercise independent judgement in monitoring and reporting on countries where serious human rights violations occur. Canada approved funding of $1.6 million for the Commission in 2013.
It is essential that we as Member States continue to make voluntary financial contributions —and Mexico will do so— to the Inter-American Commission and Court. We can show some creativity as well, and finance fellowships or events to promote human rights.
Spain underscores its firm commitment as a strategic partner in advocating for human rights in the region, on a bilateral level and through its involvement in international institutions, and through the strengthening of the inter-American human rights system endorsed by the OAS.
In the context of the European Union's external engagement in Human Rights, the EU supports the Inter-American Human Rights System and the independence of the Commission and the Court. For 2013, the EU has committed $1.33 million to fund activities of the Commission and the Court.
As an early supporter of the Commission, we very much welcome the strategic plan, where the vision and priorites are put down on paper. We are committed to supporting the total program instead of projects, and we are continuing that support this year.
Ambassador Lawrence Gumbiner Deputy Permanent Representative of the US to the OAS
Ambassador Allan Culham Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS
Pablo Monroy Conesa Alternate Representative of Mexico to the OAS
Juan Carlos Villamía Ugarte Permanent Observer Mission of Spain to the OAS
Denis Chaibi Permanent Observer Mission of the European Union
Alex Kofman Alternate Observer to the OAS, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Thanks to these donors’ financial support, the Inter-American Commission was able to carry out its work of defending and promoting human rights in the region. Below are some examples of visits, training sessions, hearings, reports and other activities that were made possible thanks to these countries and institutions.