Human Rights

The term “human rights” is broad and encompasses numerous, more specific issues under its general umbrella, such as the rights to free speech, to political participation, to a free and transparent system of justice, and others. Respect for human rights goes to the very heart of democracy. Over the course of five decades, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has advocated for justice and defended freedom throughout the Americas. The IACHR works with States to help strengthen the laws and institutions that provide human rights protections. The member countries of the OAS have affirmed their unequivocal commitment to democracy and human rights, and the Commission strives to ensure that this commitment produces tangible results.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Summits of the Americas Mandates on Human Rights

Inter-American Commission of Women

Inter-American Program on the Promotion of Women's Human Rights and Gender Equity and Equality

Inter-American Children's Institute

OAS Department of International Law

The OAS in Haiti—Human Rights and Justice