AG/RES. 1712 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
PREPARATION OF A DRAFT INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST RACISM AND ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND INTOLERANCE
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
CONSIDERING that Article II of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, signed in Bogotá in 1948, states that all persons are equal before the law and have the rights and duties established in that declaration, without distinction as to race, language, creed, or any other factor;
HAVING SEEN that the American Convention on Human Rights, signed in San José, Costa Rica, in 1969, prohibits, in Articles 1 and 2, discrimination for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, social origin, or any other social condition;
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that operative paragraph 3 of resolution AG/RES. 1271 (XXIV-O/94) calls on the various organs, agencies, and entities of the OAS to adopt timely and effective measures to foster tolerance and eliminate racist and discriminatory behavior;
RECALLING that the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was adopted by the United Nations in 1965 and that plans are being made to hold the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in South Africa in 2001, as well as regional and subregional meetings in preparation for that Conference;
FURTHER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT resolution AG/RES. 1695 (XXIX-O/99), which urges member states to support the efforts to organize the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance;
CONSIDERING that it is imperative that the international legal framework be expanded and that national legislation be reinforced with a view to eliminating all forms of discrimination still existing in the Hemisphere;
BEARING IN MIND the diversity of ethnic groups and cultures that enhance societies in the Hemisphere as well as the advisability of promoting harmonious relations among all of them; and
CONSIDERING that the Organization should send a clear political signal in favor of eliminating all forms of discrimination,
1. To entrust the Permanent Council with studying the need to prepare a draft inter-American convention to prevent, punish, and eradicate racism and all forms of discrimination and intolerance, with a view to submitting the matter to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session for consideration; and to direct that, for this purpose, the Permanent Council may consult the organs of the inter-American system and take into account the contributions of civil society, as well as the preparatory work for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance.
2. To urge member states to support activities for organizing the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, which will be held in South Africa in 2001.
3. To recommend to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that it continue to give special attention to this topic within the framework of inter-American legal instruments in force.
4. To instruct the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session on the fulfillment of this resolution.