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OAS Permanent Council Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Declarations of Human Rights

  December 4, 2018

OAS Permanent Council Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Declarations of Human Rights
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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today commemorated the seventieth anniversaries of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at a special session during which member states highlighted the importance of human rights for human dignity, democracy, freedom and equality.

The President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Margarette Macaulay, said “the very nature of human rights, which are universal, equal and inherent for all human beings, are also irrevocable, nontransferable and inalienable.” She urged OAS member states to “redouble the commitment to protect and defend human rights so as to guarantee that every human person in our hemisphere can live free in equal dignity and rights as indicated in the preamble of the Declaration.”

For his part, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez, referred to some of the challenges of human rights in the region and emphasized the support of the OAS General Secretariat for the full autonomy and independence of the IACHR. He added that “the advancements made in the protection of human rights in the region must be applauded” and a highlighted that “these efforts have helped to improve the lives of millions of people in the hemisphere and notwithstanding the persistent challenges, it is hoped that our region continues along this path of human rights for all. We owe it to our people.”

The American Declaration was adopted in 1948. Its origin dates back to the Inter-American Conference on the Problems of War and Peace held in Mexico City in 1945, where the countries of the region supported the idea of establishing an international system to protect human rights.

Reference: FNE-95496