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OAS Permanent Council Sends Draft Resolution on Strengthening of ISHR to the General Assembly

  March 19, 2013

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today agreed to send to the Extraordinary General Assembly that will conclude the process of strengthening the Inter-American System of Human Rights (ISHR), to be held this Friday, March 22, a draft resolution that has the consensus of the Member States on a wide range of issues, but leaves some for discussion at the meeting on Friday.

The Chair of the Council and Permanent Representative of Nicaragua, Denis Moncada, invited delegations that wish to express their suggestions or notes on the document, to do so before that day. These will be submitted to the Assembly for the Foreign Ministers and heads of delegations to take the final decision.

The event on March 22 will conclude a process that began at the General Assembly of El Salvador, in June 2011, with the creation of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Council which presented its report of recommendations in January 2012. Subsequently, in June 2012, the General Assembly held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, instructed the Permanent Council to complete its work in this area before the end of the first trimester of 2013. To meet the objective, the Council adopted a Work Plan in September 2012, which is currently in its third phase, entitled "Preparation of a report for the consideration of the General Assembly."

During the special meeting of the Permanent Council the delegations of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Ecuador, Barbados, Dominica, the United States, Guyana, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Canada, Uruguay, The Bahamas, Grenada, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela and Peru took the floor.

The 44th OAS Extraordinary General Assembly - the fourth and final stage of the process of strengthening the ISHR - will take place on Friday March 22 in the Hall of the Americas of the OAS main building, located in Washington, DC.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The video of the event is available here.

The audio of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-104/13