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IACHR Announces Visit to Paraguay and Preparation of a Report on Human Rights and Poverty

May 19, 2015

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided this year to begin a process to prepare its first thematic report on human rights and poverty. In order to compile information for this report, the IACHR will conduct a visit to Paraguay on May 19-22, 2015.

The delegation that will carry out the visit will be headed by Commissioner Paulo Vannuchi, who is in charge of the IACHR Unit on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. He will be accompanied by two human rights specialists from the Executive Secretariat. This will be the first in a series of visits the Commission will conduct to countries in the region to uncover information for the thematic report.

Additionally, in his role as IACHR Rapporteur for Paraguay, Commissioner Vannuchi will observe the general human rights situation in the country.

During the visit, the Commissioner will hold interviews with authorities from the executive and judicial branches and meet with representatives of civil society. In addition to the meetings in Asunción, the delegation will travel to Curuguaty, located in the department of Canindeyú.

The delegation will not receive complaints in Paraguay. Individuals may present complaints regarding alleged human rights violations by filling out a form published on the IACHR website or by sending a letter to the following address: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1889 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, USA.

The Commission appreciates the cooperation it has received from the government of Paraguay and from civil society organizations in the planning and preparations for this visit.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

No. 052/15