During the 85th and 86th sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a working group was composed to examine detention conditions of persons deprived of liberty in the Americas. Subsequently, during its 119th session, in March 2004, the IACHR formally established the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas.
The mandate of the Rapporteurship is monitoring the situation of all persons submitted to any form of deprivation of liberty in the OAS Member States, conducting visits to the States, promoting the mechanisms of the Inter-American System of Human Rights to protect the rights of persons deprived of liberty, and preparing specialized reports that contain recommendations to the Member States to advance on the respect and protection of the human rights of persons deprived of liberty. Furthermore, the Rapporteurship advises the Inter-American Commission in processing petitions and individual cases as well as precautionary and provisional measures where a violation of the human rights of persons deprived of liberty is alleged; provides technical support though others monitoring functions of the IACHR, and conducts promotional activities, such as seminars, workshops and consultation meetings with experts.
RAPPORTEURSHIP ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS
DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006, USA
Commissioner James L. Cavallaro
Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty