OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR STRESSES THE PROTECTION OF CRITICAL OR DISSIDENT VOICES IN THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM
In the Case of Manuel Cepeda Vargas v.
Manuel Cepeda Vargas was a prominent journalist, political leader and member of the Colombian congress. The
In this case, the Court stated that "States must guarantee the effective participation of individuals, groups, organizations and political parties of the opposition in a democratic society, through appropriate standards and practices that enable their real and effective access to different deliberative forums on equal terms." Indeed, as the inter-American case law has already stated, freedom of expression protects not only the dissemination of ideas and information that is favorable or inoffensive to the government but also ideas and information that offend, shock, disturb, or are unpleasant or troubling to the State or a sector of the population. This is required by the principles of pluralism and tolerance inherent in the democracies of the
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights underscores the important considerations of the Inter-American Court in the Case of Manuel Cepeda Vargas, and asks the States to take all measures necessary to guarantee—in accordance with Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights—the free and uninhibited existence of critical and dissident voices in the democratic societies of the hemisphere.
The judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Case of Manuel Cepeda Vargas v.
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