PRESS RELEASE

N° 12/08

 

IACHR APPROVES DOCUMENT ON PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY

 

Washington, March 31, 2008 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) unanimously approved a document entitled “Principles and Best Practices on the Protection of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas” through Resolution 01/08, adopted during its 131st Regular Period of Sessions.

 

 The process of preparing these principles began in 2005, under the leadership of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas, which is headed by Commissioner Florentín Meléndez. This process included several rounds of consultations with governments of the OAS Member States, experts, universities, international agencies, and national, regional, and international nongovernmental organizations. The IACHR thanks them for their contributions and collaboration in devising these principles.

 

The document is available on the IACHR Web page, in pdf format.

 

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