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44th Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS Begins

  March 22, 2013

44th Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS Begins
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The 44th Extraordinary General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) today began its meeting at the headquarters of the institution in Washington, DC, to discuss the strengthening of the Inter-American System of Human Rights (ISHR).

In his opening address, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, called on Member States to maintain "at all costs, the autonomy" of the ISHR, because "the citizens of the Americas who appeal to the Commission and the Court do so in the belief that they are before institutions that will hear their cases freely and without pressure."

"The virtue of the system, which our democracies should strengthen, lies in an apparent contradiction: the States create and maintain the system to promote and defend human rights, even against possible abuses committed by the States themselves," he added.

The General Assembly elected by acclamation the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Enrique Castillo, as its Chair, and also by acclamation appointed the Foreign Minister of Honduras, Arturo Corrales, to chair the General Committee.

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Reference: FNE-11706