PRESS RELEASE  

N 20/01

 

THE IACHR REAFFIRMS ITS COMMITMENT TO THE OFFICE OF THE
RAPPORTEUR FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

 

 

 

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          Now that Dr. Santiago A. Canton has taken office as the new Executive Secretary, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces that the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, in coordination with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, will continue the activities it has been carrying out since its inception to defend freedom of expression in the Hemisphere.

 

Dr. Santiago A. Canton served as Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression beginning in November 1998.  On August 1, he assumed his new post.  In September, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will determine the procedure for selecting a new Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.

 

          The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) wishes to reaffirm its unwavering commitment to protecting freedom of expression. Protecting and promoting the full exercise of this right will continue to be a priority for the IACHR.

 

 

Washington, D.C., August 8, 2001