Press Release


OAS Permanent Council Convenes Meeting on Human Rights of Senior Citizens in San Salvador

  February 14, 2013

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided last night that the meeting of the Working Group on Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons in San Salvador will take place from February 27 to March 1, and continued the debate on the Inter-American System of Human Rights (ISHR).

The resolution, adopted by consensus at the special meeting of the Permanent Council, expressly thanked the government of El Salvador for its offer to host the meeting on senior citizens.

At the same meeting, the Permanent Council continued the discussion on the Draft Report on Proposals for the Extraordinary General Assembly to be held on March 22, in the context of the process of reflection on the Functioning of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The Extraordinary General Assembly on March 22 will conclude a process that began at the General Assembly of El Salvador, in June 2011, with the creation of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Council which presented its report of recommendations in January 2012. Subsequently, the General Assembly held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in June 2012, instructed the Permanent Council to complete its work in this area before the end of the first trimester of 2013. To meet the objective, the Council adopted a Work Plan in September 2012, which is currently in its third phase, entitled "Preparation of a report for the consideration of the General Assembly."

During the meeting, statements were made by the representatives of Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Canada, Venezuela, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, the United States, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Bolivia, and a delegate of the IACHR. The Permanent Council will continue discussing the strengthening of the ISHR at a special meeting scheduled for Friday, February 15.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The video of the event is available here.

The audio of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-046/13