IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presents its first Compendium on Progress and Compliance with Recommendations and Other Decisions. This Compendium is the result of institutional efforts to better monitor compliance with the IACHR's decisions and recommendations and to provide guidance to States on how to implement these decisions and recommendations.
The document seeks to showcase the main measures taken by Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 2022 to comply with the decisions and recommendations the IACHR made to them through various mechanisms. The Compendium highlights best practices that could help other States attain adequate, effective implementation of the Commission's decisions and recommendations.
In the context of the IACHR's Strategic Plan 2023–2027, the Compendium is set to be updated every year to highlight significant progress. The progress and measures addressed in this initial document refer to action taken by States to comply with decisions and recommendations made by the Commission through its Petition and Case System (in merits reports and friendly settlement agreements), through its Monitoring System (in country reports), through precautionary measures, and through special mechanisms to monitor recommendations and interdisciplinary groups of independent experts.
To draft the Compendium, the Commission assessed measures and other forms of progress and selected those with the potential to have a structural impact on the situation of human rights in the relevant country and those that entailed significant progress toward implementation or toward the achievement of full compliance with a recommendation or decision.
The Commission invites all stakeholders to look at this Compendium. The IACHR remains willing to continue to provide technical assistance to States, individuals, and institutions who are users of the Inter-American Human Rights System and to cooperate with them in various other ways to support compliance with the Commission's decisions and recommendations, in keeping with the applicable inter-American standards.
A principal, autonomous body of the OAS, the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.