IACHR HOLDS SPECIAL SESSION IN COSTA RICA
AND DISCUSSES REPORT ON TERRORISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Monday, September 2, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will
start its 115th special session in San José, Costa Rica.
Attending the session are: Dr. Juan E. Méndez, President; Lic.
Marta Altolaguirre, First Vice President; Dr. José Zalaquett, Second Vice
President; Members of the Commission Professor Robert K. Goldman, Dr.
Julio Prado Vallejo, Dr.
Clare Kamau Roberts and Dr. Susana Villarán; and the Executive Secretary
of the IACHR, Dr. Santiago A. Canton.
During the session, the Inter-American Commission will analyze
various matters relating to the human rights situation in the Americas.
In particular, it will continue studying and discussing a draft
report on terrorism and human rights.
The purpose of that report is to help OAS member states adopt
appropriate standards for combating terrorism while respecting the minimum
guarantees established in international law.
as has been the custom in recent years, the IACHR will hold a joint
meeting with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
That meeting will be devoted to consideration of procedural matters
and other topics of common interest to the two bodies.
meetings will also be held with representatives of the Government of Costa
Rica and other meetings will take place with representatives of various
organizations involved in the protection and promotion of human rights.
Thus, working meetings have been scheduled between the IACHR and
the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Senate, with representatives of
the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and with
Penal Reform International.
IACHR is an organ of the OAS, created to promote the observance of human
rights in all states in the Americas.
It is composed of seven jurists, who are independent experts
elected in a personal capacity by the member states of the Organization.
Washington, D.C., August 30, 2002