AG/RES. 1715 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the presentation by the Chair of the Commission, as well as the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council on the Annual Report of the IACHR (CP/doc.3325/00); and
That the member states of the Organization of American States have proclaimed in the Charter of the Organization, as one of its principles, respect for the fundamental rights of the individual without distinction as to race, nationality, creed, or sex;
That, under the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights, one of the principal functions of the IACHR is to promote the observance and protection of human rights;
That the Heads of State and Government expressed in the Declaration of the Second Summit of the Americas, held in Santiago, Chile, in April 1998, that "respect for and promotion of human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all individuals is a primary concern of our governments"; and
That the member states have reaffirmed the indissoluble link between human rights, democracy, and development,
1. To take note of and express its appreciation for the Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
2. To receive with satisfaction the report of the Permanent Council on the observations and recommendations of the member states on the Annual Report of the IACHR and to transmit that report to the Commission.
3. To urge the IACHR to continue to promote the observance and protection of human rights, in keeping with the American Convention on Human Rights.
4. To recognize the work of the Commission in this area; and to urge the member states to continue their collaboration with the Commission and their support for those efforts.
5. To urge the OAS member states that have not yet done so to give the highest political priority to considering the signature or ratification of, or accession to, the American Convention on Human Rights, as applicable, and to consider recognizing the binding jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
6. To instruct the Permanent Council to promote, in upcoming fiscal periods, a substantial increase in the resources allocated to the Commission, on the basis of the recognition that the promotion and protection of human rights is a fundamental priority of the Organization.
7. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly in due course on the implementation of this resolution.