N° 31/09




Washington, D.C., May 18, 2009 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published today the second edition of the book “The Rights of the Child in the Inter-American Human Rights System,” first published in 2002.


In this second edition, the book compiles in a general perspective the current status of the inter-American norms, mechanisms and decisions on the rights of children. The book includes a compact disc with the complete texts of instruments in the inter-American and universal systems related to children and the decisions adopted by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on cases involving children, as well as the information required for access to the inter-American system.


The IACHR thanks the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the financial contribution that made possible the production and publication of this report.


A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has the mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.



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