Petitions and cases

Credit / Photo on this page: Yomaira Grandett / Rimisp, www.rimisp.orgThe Office of the Rapporteur provides specialized advice to the Commission in the proceedings of petitions filed to the IACHR regarding violations of the rights of afrodescendants and racial discrimination.

Precautionary and provisional measures

In serious and urgent cases that breach the rights of afro-descendants or related to racial discrimination, the Commission may request that the State adopts precautionary measures to prevent irreparable harm to individuals. Moreover, the Commission may request information from the State and may issues recommendations regarding the alleged situation.

Likewise, in cases of extreme gravity and urgency, the Commission may request that the Court issues an order to the State to adopt provisional measures to avoid irreparable damage to persons.

Special Studies

The office of the Rapporteur may conduct studies regarding the rights of afrodescendants and against racial discrimination. These studies contribute to the development of International Human Rights Law. Furthermore, the above mentioned studies may include recommendations to encourage States’ compliance with international human rights standards.

On site visits to States

The Office of the Rapporteur undertakes on site visits to the countries throughout the region. During these visits the Office of the Rapporteur establishes contacts with governmental authorities, with civil society organizations and with afrodescendants and others affected by racial discrimination. These visits give the opportunity to observe in depth the problems that affect afrodescendants and other groups discriminated for reasons of race, and to address recommendations to States aiming at guaranteeing the respect and enjoyment of the rights of the child.

Promotional activities

The Office of the Rapporteur engages in promotional activities regarding the protection of the rights of persons of african descent and against racial discrimination. For instance, the Rapporteurship organizes seminaries, workshops and working meetings about international human rights standards.


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