The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has the
honor to submit its report to the General Assembly, in compliance with
the provisions of Article 52 f of the Charter of the Organization
of American States.
This report contains six
chapters and has been prepared in accordance with Resolution 331
(VIII-0/80) of the General Assembly and Article 63 of the new
Regulations of the Commission.
Chapter I is a brief summary of the Commission’s origin and
juridical bases. This chapter also contains a brief account of the
Commission’s relationship with other organs of the inter-American
system and regional and global institutions of a similar nature during
1984 and 1985.
Chapter II refers to the activities undertaken by the Commission
during the period covered by this report. Emphasis is placed on the
Commission’s principal activities, as well as the subjects it dealt
with and the most important measures taken during its various sessions.
It includes the participation of the Commission in the fourteenth
regular session of the General Assembly as well as the resolutions
adopted by this organ in relation to the work of the Commission in the
field of human rights.
Chapter III presents resolutions on individual cases. This
chapter contains several resolutions adopted by the IACHR regarding
specific cases presented to it, which the Commission processed in
accordance with its Regulations.
In Chapter IV the Commission has included special reports on
developments in the human rights situation in Cuba, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua and Paraguay—all of which had been the
subject of previous Commission reports—in order to examine the
measures taken by the various governments to comply with the
recommendations that the Commission had made in those earlier reports
and to examine developments in the observance of human rights in those
countries in the twelve months preceding the approval of the present
Lastly, in Chapter V the Commission has prepared a study of those
areas in which the member states should take measures to assure greater
respect for human rights in keeping with the American Declaration of the
Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention on Human Rights.