IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) begins a technical cooperation and promotional visit to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, which will take place from November 28 to December 1, 2023. The objective of the visit is to strengthen the Commission's relations with the country, promote technical cooperation mechanisms, and provide institutional strengthening on human rights.
The IACHR highlights the collaboration and willingness of the State of Guyana to host this visit.
The delegation will be led by Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, President of the IACHR and Rapporteur for People of African Descent and for the Rights of Older Persons, together with Commissioner Roberta Clarke, country Rapporteur and Rapporteur for LGBTI persons. They will be accompanied by specialists from the Executive Secretariat of the Commission.
The IACHR will hold meetings with authorities and representatives of the State, as well as with non-state actors, and will promote technical cooperation on prioritized human rights issues. Also on the agenda, is a panel discussion to promote the Inter-American Human Rights System and its mechanisms.
The visit is conducted within the framework of the Strategic Plan 2023-2027, particularly with respect to Program 17 on Prioritized Attention to the Caribbean. As such, the strategy is directed at: providing technical cooperation on institutional matters and public policies with a focus on human rights; deepening awareness of state agents regarding structural problems that give rise to violations; increasing the capacity of State and non-state actors to promote and respect human rights; and strengthening its work with national human rights institutions and civil society organizations.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (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 respective countries of origin or residence.