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Secretary General Hopes that Venezuela Remains in the Inter-American System of Human Rights

  July 27, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today said he regrets to hear that the government of Venezuela may decide, as has been reported by the media, to denounce the American Convention on Human Rights, and hopes that the decision is not confirmed.

In declarations made in Mexico, where he is participating in the plenary meeting of the Circle of Montevideo, Insulza noted that the General Secretariat has not received any official documents related to the statements made to the press by the highest representatives of the Venezuelan government.

He said such a decision, if finalized, “is not good for anyone” and called for dialogue to seek possible solutions to the disagreements brought forward by Venezuela.

Secretary General Insulza added that denouncing the Convention would not mean the complete exclusion of Venezuela from the Inter-American System of Human Rights, as it would specifically remove the country from the jurisdiction of the Court, but not from that of the Commission. All OAS Member States are subject to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as it was created by the Charter of the OAS, and therefore the Commission’s competence extends to all the Member States of the hemispheric organization.

The Secretary General added that, if the Venezuela were to denounce the Convention, it would be regrettable that Venezuela would become the only Latin American country outside the jurisdiction of the Court.

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Reference: E-270/12