Press Release

IACHR Signs Cooperation Agreement with International Criminal Court

April 26, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) signed a cooperation agreement aimed at establishing an institutional framework for collaboration in carrying out their mandates.

The agreement provides for the possibility that each party will provide the other with information on decisions, resolutions, judgments, reports, and documents, which could prove useful in processing cases and carrying out the mandates of both institutions.

Given that the ICC was established by the Rome Statute to help end impunity for crimes against humanity, and that for more than 50 years the IACHR has viewed the fight against impunity for human rights violations as a central focus of its mandate, the signing of this agreement will make it possible to establish a relationship that will benefit the international community in the search for truth, justice, and reparation.

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 human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly.

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