The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the President of the Supreme Court of Colombia, Javier Zapata, met today to exchange ideas on possible alternatives to strengthen judicial systems in the Americas and to promote the exchange of best practices in this area.
The meeting, which took place at the OAS headquarters, was held as part of the visit of Judge Zapata to Washington, DC, to sign an agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and to discuss programs and initiatives promoted by the OAS to facilitate horizontal cooperation in the area of law and explore how Colombia and other countries can work with the hemispheric institution to move forward in this field.
During the conversation, Secretary General Insulza stressed that one of the cornerstones of the work of the OAS is its leadership in fostering legal cooperation in the Americas, "a topic that is rarely mentioned but that has had a significant impact on the promotion of inter-American law," he said, and recalled that this issue is of great importance as “the key to institutional democracy is the rule of law and its application."
The two officials also discussed issues related to the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Amreicas (REMJA), the work of the OAS in the fight against drugs, training programs for judges and the Inter-American Human Rights System.
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