Enrique Gil Botero
Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva
Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants

Commissioner Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva is a citizen of Colombia. He was elected on May 10, 2017, by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), to fill the vacancy produced when Commissioner Enrique Gil Botero resigned, on March 9, 2017. His term therefore ends on December 31, 2019. Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva is a doctor of law and social sciences from Colombia’s Universidad Libre, with a specialty in family law from that same institution, and a doctorate in private law and personal and family law from the Universidad de Zaragoza. He has served in the Colombian judiciary for 40 years. He was a Judge on the Constitutional Court from March 2009 to February 2017. While on the Constitutional Court, he presided over the Special Monitoring Chamber created to implement structural decision T-025 of 2004, by which the Constitutional Court declared an unconstitutional state of affairs in the matter of forced displacement. In this task, he fulfilled his commitment to the judicial verification of progress, delays, or setbacks in the process to overcome the systematic violation of the fundamental rights of the displaced population. In 2014, during his constitutional term of office, he was designated president of the Constitutional Court. He is the author of numerous essays on procedural law, a book on the reform of the Colombian civil procedures code, and a collection of monographs on constitutional law.

Ex Relatores y Ex Relatoras

Enrique Gil Botero, January 2016 – March, 2017

Enrique Gil Botero

Enrique Gil Botero was IACHR Commissioner from January 1, 2016 to March 9, 2017. The Commission designated him for this function on January 28, 2016. Botero is a citizen of Colombia. He was elected on June 16, 2015, by the OAS General Assembly, for a 4-year mandate that starts on January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2019. He has a degree in Law and Political Science from Antioquia University. He was Magistrate of the Colombian State Council, a trial lawyer before the Chamber for Administrative Litigation from 1984 to 2006, a founding member of the Institute for Civil and State Responsibility of Antioquia, and President of the Council of State from April 2008 to February 2009.

Felipe González, January 2008 – December, 2015

Felipe González

Felipe González was IACHR Commissioner from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2015. The Commission designated him for this function on January 28, 2016. The Commission designated him as Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants in January 2008, and he had this function until the end of his mandate as Commissioner. In this capacity, Rapporteur Gonzalez conducted a visit to Mexico to examine the situation of the rights of migrants, as a result of which the Report Human Rights of Migrants and Other Persons in the Context of Human Mobility in Mexico  was published. He also conducted a visit to the United States and the Report Refugees and Migrants in the United States: Families and Unaccompanied Children was published. The Rapporteur also examined in particular the situation of migrants and other persons in the context of human mobility, such as persons in situation of statelessness, refugees and internal displaced persons, during the in loco visits to Dominican Republic, Honduras and Mexico. He also made presentations on several topics, such as the human and labor rights of migrants, inter-American standards, on the exceptionality of migration detention, among others. Felipe González is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, and visiting professor at the Universidad Carlos III of Spain. He was the founder and director of the Human Rights Center at that university.

Álvaro Botero Navarro
Lawyer of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants