| Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, USA
By reaffirming the autonomy and independence of the regional
human rights system and rejecting attempts to neutralize the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
(IACHR) and its special
rapporteur for freedom of expression, the Organization of American States (OAS)
chose last week to discard proposals that would have made citizens throughout
the hemisphere more vulnerable to abuses.
The OAS extraordinary
assembly, held at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. on
Friday, adopted a resolution by which the 35 member states ratified the ability
of the commission to continue receiving voluntary contributions. Analysts and
human rights advocates say the decision was a blow to countries of the
Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, known as ALBA, which have been pushing to
preclude outside funding for the IACHR.