THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT CREATES UNIT FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Dr. Santiago A. Canton, decided to
create a Human Rights Defenders Functional Unit within the Office of
the Executive Secretary to coordinate the activities of the Executive
Secretariat in this field.
The Unitís main function will be to receive
information regarding the situation of human rights defenders in the
Hemisphere, keep in touch with nongovernmental and governmental
organizations, and coordinate the work of the Executive Secretariat
with regard to human rights defenders in the Americas.
This initiative takes into account resolution AG/RES.
1818 (XXXI-O/01), adopted by the General Assembly of the OAS at its
thirty-first regular session, which requests
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to continue to pay due
attention to the situation of human rights defenders in the Americas
and to consider preparing a comprehensive study in this area, which, inter alia, describes their work, for study by the pertinent
The Executive Secretary said this was an important step
to protect the rights of those whose fundamental mission it is to
defend the human rights of all human beings disinterestedly, risking
their own lives and safety in the process.
communication may be sent to IACHR headquarters or by e-mail to CIDHDefensores@oas.org
Washington, D.C., December 7, 2001