In Cochabamba, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs consolidate the further discussion of reforms to strengthen the ISHR

  • “We are moving and setting out the agreements reached at the First Conference of States Parties to the Pact of San Jose”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, Ricardo Patiño. The second meeting took place on Tuesday in Cochabamba (Bolivia) which concluded with a Declaration reaffirming the commitments made in Guayaquil, but also establishes concrete actions to advance the process in which Ecuador has played an active and decisive.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño revealed the vitality and active participation of countries in the Conference of States Parties to the Pact of San José, in Guayaquil and in Cochabamba, and the decisions that have allowed further progress in the reform process to strengthen the Inter-American System of Human Rights (ISHR).

At the Second Conference in Cochabamba, it was consolidated a further discussions about the reforms, an issue further defined in the Resolution of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held in Washington in March.

Among the results it is important to highlight the confirmation of the creation of a Special Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to visits the countries that are not part of the American Convention on Human Rights.

Also, the proposal to establish a forum with all States, Party and non-Party that belong to the Pact of San José, and with the participation of social sectors to discuss the issue and advance in the objective.

There are also developments in relation to the proposed change of venue of the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), as well as to carry out a study and analysis of the feasibility of the same.

In the final Declaration you can evidence Ecuador’s active participation in the Conference.

DECLARATION

1.- Create a Special Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, to visits the countries that are not part of the American Convention on Human Rights. The Special Committee shall be composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs representing South America (Uruguay), Caribbean (Haiti) Central America (pending) and North America (pending). At the same time, the Committee of Ministers will hold a forum of States Parties and States not Party to participate in the civil society and other stakeholders to strengthen and promote the universality of the system. The Ministers will inform about the Third Meeting of States Parties.

2.- Progress in the consideration of the convenience to change the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) headquarters’, to be located in a State Party to the American Convention on Human Rights, through the creation of an open-ended Working Group, led by Uruguay and Ecuador to identify budgetary challenges, regulatory and functional of this transfer, among others, as well as the impact on smaller countries, and to report at the Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights.

3.- Propose to the OAS General Assembly to instruct the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, incorporated into its Strategic Plan, a Guide for the Promotion of Human Rights to include outreach events on national practices of all States.

4.- To request the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) to present to the Permanent Council the analysis, detailed funding sources, operating costs of the Inter-American System of Human Rights as soon as possible.

5.- Instruct Ecuador and Bolivia the necessary coordination with the States Parties, for the organization of the Third Conference of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights.