IACHR invites to participate in the identification of cases to be prioritized for the development of the Inter-American public order

February 19, 2024

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in compliance with Resolution 4/23 through which it adopted its Case Prioritization Policy, extends an invitation to participate in the identification of pending cases that may contribute to the development of inter-American public order or consolidate the scope of human rights.

To engage civil society and Member States in the identification of cases conducive to the advancement of the inter-American public order, contributions will be accepted from February 19, 2024, through the electronic system available in the four official languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. The platform will be open until March 19 at 23:59 (EST), Washington, D.C. time.

It is important to recall that Resolution 4/23 outlined specific criteria for prioritizing pending cases. This space for participation focuses on paragraph c) of the second resolutive, aiming to identify issues that could expand inter-American standards on topics relevant to the region or address challenges related to the functioning or effectiveness of the Inter-American System. In other words, participation in this process will assist the Commission in planning cases at the merits stage, contributing to the development of inter-American public order.

The eventual prioritization decision will not prejudge the merits of the case and will not require communication with the involved parties. The Commission will make prioritization decisions following a thorough analysis of the matters at hand, considering the focus areas of its special, thematic, and country Rapporteurship. Only formally accredited petitioning parties or States are eligible to participate in identifying cases for prioritization. Notwithstanding prioritization, the Commission will continue to review cases in chronological order, as per the eighth resolutive of Resolution 4/23.

The IACHR is a principal and autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), whose mandate stems from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has the mandate to promote the observance and defense of human rights in the region and acts as an advisory body to the OAS on the matter. The IACHR is made up of seven independent members who are elected by the OAS General Assembly in their personal capacity, and do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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