AG/RES. 1716 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MEMBER STATES ON THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
HAVING SEEN the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CP/doc.3326/00) and the presentation of that report by the President of the Court, Judge Antonio A. Cançado Trindade;
That Article 54.f of the Charter of the Organization of American States establishes that it is a function of the General Assembly to consider the observations and recommendations presented by the Permanent Council on the reports of the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization in accordance with Article 91.f of the Charter;
That Article 65 of the American Convention on Human Rights (Pact of San José) establishes that the Court shall submit to the OAS General Assembly for consideration a report on its work during the preceding year and shall specify, in particular, the cases in which a state has not complied with the Courts judgments, making any pertinent recommendations; and
That the Inter-American Court of Human Rights presented its annual report to the Permanent Council, which has forwarded observations and recommendations thereon to the General Assembly;
BEARING IN MIND that the denouncement of inter-American legal instruments on human rights and withdrawal of recognition of the Courts obligatory jurisdiction affects the regional system as a whole, due to its particular nature; and
ConsiderING that acceptance of the contentious jurisdiction of the Court may only be made unconditionally or on condition of reciprocity for a specified period, or for specific cases, pursuant to Article 62.2 of the American Convention,
1. To receive and transmit to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights the observations and recommendations of the OAS Permanent Council on the annual report.
2. To reiterate that the judgments of the Court are final and may not be appealed and that the states parties to the Convention undertake to comply with the rulings of the Court in all cases to which they are party.
3. To urge the states that have denounced the American Convention on Human Rights or that have withdrawn their recognition of the obligatory jurisdiction of the Court to reconsider their decisions.
4. To urge those member states of the OAS that have not yet done so to consider, as a matter of the highest political priority, signing, ratifying, or acceding to the American Convention on Human Rights, "Pact of San José," as appropriate, and to consider recognizing the binding jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
5. To instruct the Permanent Council to institute a substantial increase in the resources allocated to the Court in upcoming fiscal periods, based on the acknowledgement that the promotion and protection of human rights constitute a fundamental priority of the Organization.
6. To thank the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for its work during the period covered by this report.