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AG/RES. 1918 (XXXIII-O/03)

OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS 

(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003) 

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 

HAVING SEEN the Observations and Recommendations of the Permanent Council on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (AG/doc.4221/03);  

CONSIDERING: 

That, in the Charter of the Organization of American States, the member states have proclaimed, as one of their  principles, respect for the fundamental rights of the individual without distinction as to race, nationality, creed, or sex; and that, under the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights, the principal function of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is to promote the observance and protection  of human rights; and 

That, in the Declaration of the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City, the Heads of State and of Government stated  that their “commitment to full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is based on shared principles and convictions” and that they supported “strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of the inter-American human rights system, which includes the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”; and 

            RECOGNIZING the efforts made by member states to promote an increase in the budgets of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as is evidenced in the provisions adopted in OAS Permanent Council resolutions CP/RES. 831 (1342/02) of November 6, 2002, and CP/RES. 835 (1352/03) of January 29, 2003, 

RESOLVES: 

1.                   To endorse the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council on the annual report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CP/CAJP-2061/03) and to forward them to that organ. 

2.                   To reaffirm the essential value of the work carried out with full autonomy by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to enhance the protection and promotion of human rights in the Hemisphere. 

3.                   To urge the OAS member states: 

a.                   To consider signing and ratifying, or acceding to, as the case may be, all legal instruments of the inter-American human rights system; 

b.                   To follow up on the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and 

c.                   To continue to take appropriate action in connection with the annual reports of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in the context of the Permanent Council and the General Assembly of the Organization. 

4.                   To note with satisfaction the decisions taken by governments of member states to invite the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to visit their respective countries and to encourage all member states to continue this practice. 

5.                   To instruct the Permanent Council to continue to examine ways to bring about an effective and adequate increase in the financial resources allocated to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the program-budget of the Organization. 

6.                   In addition, to urge the OAS member states to contribute to the Specific Fund for Strengthening the Inter-American System for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. 

7.                   To invite the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: 

a.                   To continue to publish on its Internet page, when member states so request, their observations and recommendations on its annual report to the General Assembly; 

b.                   To continue to strengthen existing rapporteurships and operational units; and 

c.                   To continue to dialogue with member states within the framework of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, in light of the application of its new Rules of Procedure, in particular in order to shed light on the criteria used in its principal mechanisms for the protection of human rights, such as precautionary measures, on-site visits, publication of reports, friendly settlement, and periods for review and initial processing of petitions. 

8.                   To recommend to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that it continue to take into account the observations and recommendations of the member states on its annual report and that it adopt such measures as it considers pertinent based on those observations and recommendations.

9.                   To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, which will be carried out within the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources. 

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