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IACHR invites civil society organizations and other interested actors to submit information on the human rights situation in the region

October 30, 2018

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) invites civil society organizations and other interested social actors from the 35 member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) to submit information on the human rights situation in the region. The information submitted will be used to prepare chapter IV A of the IACHR's annual report for 2018, which will be presented to the OAS General Assembly.

According to its Rules of Procedure, each year the IACHR must prepare an annual report on the human rights situation in the region. In accordance with Article 59.2 of the Rules of Procedure, the annual report must include a chapter entitled IV A, which mainly reflects: trends, challenges, progress, and good practices in the area of human rights in the 35 OAS member States during the year.

For the 2018 Annual Report, the IACHR will place special emphasis on the cross-cutting themes agreed upon in its Strategic Plan 2017-2021: Democratic Institutions, Human Rights Institutions, Access to Justice, and Citizen Security, as well as the Right to the Environment.

The IACHR receives from today until midnight on December 2, 2018 (Washington, D.C. time) the requested information by e-mail, at cidhmonitoreo@oas.org. The information can be sent in Spanish, English, French and/or Portuguese. The information to be sent must be concise, objective, with verifiable sources and referring to events that occurred during 2018.

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 and to defend 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.

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