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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President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)
Senior Program Officer, Center for Justice and International Law
Everth Bustamante García (INVITED)
Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)
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.