Organization of American States


January 24, 2002




            El Salvador today deposited with the Organization of American States (OAS) instruments ratifying the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, adopted in Montevideo, Uruguay, in May 1979.  Letters Rogatory are used by judicial authorities in one country to request information of a judicial nature in another.  

            In an interview after depositing the documents with Secretary General CÚsar Gaviria, El Salvador's Ambassador to the OAS, Margarita Escobar, explained that her country ratified the protocol "in keeping with its longstanding commitment to uphold the principles of international law, and because El Salvador wants to bolster and foster progressive development of international law, and in particular, inter-American treaties." 

The Additional Protocol in question entered into force in June 1980.  Together with El Salvador, 14 OAS member states have now ratified.  The protocol applies to acts set forth in article 2 of the Inter-American  Convention, which covers letters rogatory in procedural acts such as pleadings, motions, orders, and subpoenas that are served and requests for information that are made by a judicial or administrative authority in one state; and in receiving and collecting of evidence in another country.