Civil Society Forum with Candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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Created by the Organization of American States in 1959, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHCR) is one of the principal institutions dedicated to the defense of human rights in the Western Hemisphere. The effective promotion and protection of human rights by the IACHR depends on qualified and independent commissioners, transparency in the election process, and the active participation of civil society and other stakeholders in the Inter-American system. In this spirit, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Open Society Justice Initiative, and the Inter-American Dialogue are pleased to host an open forum with the candidates nominated by OAS member states to serve on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In this forum, the candidates will engage in a moderated discussion and take questions from the public on the central challenges to human rights in the Americas and how the IACHR can work most effectively to address them. Of the six candidates, four will be elected by member states at the forthcoming OAS General Assembly in Medellin in June.

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The moderators will be using questions collected from the public prior to the event. To submit a question, tweet at @The_Dialogue or @CEJIL with the hashtag #YoVoto by Monday, May 20.


Michael Shifter 

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Elsa Meany

Senior Program Officer, Center for Justice and International Law 


Edgar Stuardo Ralón Orellana

Candidate, Guatemala

Everth Bustamante García (INVITED)

Candidate, Colombia

Esmeralda Arosemena de Trotiño

Candidate, Panama

Julissa Mantilla Falcón

Candidate, Peru

Margarette May Macaulay

Candidate, Jamaica


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)

Katharine Valencia

Program Officer, Senior Legal Advisor, Due Process of Law Foundation 



Please note that this event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation.