The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) installed its Rapid and Integrated Response Coordination Unit (SACROI, by its Spanish acronym) to the crisis in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (SACROI COVID-19) to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to the protection and defense of fundamental freedoms and human rights in this context, especially the right to health and other ESCER. [Press Release 60/20]
The SACROI will be in charge of closely monitoring the human rights situation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, reinforcing comprehensiveness and intersectorality, in light of the protection of human rights: gathering evidence on its impact; monitor response actions taken by the States of the region; identify urgent cases within the system of petitions and cases and precautionary measures to provide timely attention; to propose to the IACHR actions in relation to the member states with a view to effective protection and defense of human rights in the context of COVID-19; identify opportunities to provide technical assistance for the development of policies and actions by States with a human rights focus; follow up on their recommendations; carry out dissemination and capacity-building activities; deepen dialogue and articulation with specialized international organizations and civil society organizations; among other actions.
The SACROI COVID-19 will work with a crisis response team that will be coordinated by the Executive Secretary and will be made up of the heads of the Special Rapporteurships; and other personnel assigned by the Executive Secretary, according to needs, who will support the preparation of a methodology, collection and systematization of information, and the articulation and formulation of proposals for decision-making by the IACHR.
The SACROI represents a planned advance in the IACHR's strategy, which focuses on the development of mechanisms to work preventively in situations that may affect human rights in the region. In addition, the specialized operational group to respond to this crisis provides instruments that will support all areas of the IACHR to coordinate an adequate response from the institution for the protection of human rights in this context.
With SACROI, the IACHR seeks to optimize and mainstream all mechanisms to provide timely responses to the human rights situation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; either by guaranteeing effective access to inter-American justice and protection of the rights of victims of human rights violations more efficiently and quickly; either by articulating and coordinating monitoring mechanisms and dialogue with States, civil society organizations, academia, and other international, regional and subregional organizations and agencies for the protection of human rights.
SACROI COVID-19 will closely monitor the human rights situation in the context of the pandemic, reinforcing comprehensiveness and intersectorality in light of the protection of human rights.
Monitoring and analysis of the impact of state measures
Petitions and cases
Promotion and training
Inter-institutional and social articulation
Work plan (available only in spanish)