THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: 50 YEARS OF ADVANCES AND THE NEW CHALLENGES THAT AWAIT by ProQuest

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									                                                            1960
                                                            The first session of
                                                            the Inter-American
                                                            Commission.




    THE INTER-AMERICAN
    COMMISSION
    ON HUMAN RIGHTS




50          AND THE NEW CHALLENGES
              THAT AWAIT
                                                    YEARSOF
                                                    ADVANCES
                                                                 1979
                                                                 The Inter-American
                                                                 Commission at the
                                                                 front door of the Villa
                                                                 Devoto jail, during its
                                                                 visit to Argentina.
                                                                                                     SOMEONE: FIRST LASTNAME




              56 Americas Quarterly   SUMMER 2009         A M E R I C A S Q U A R T E R LY . O R G




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                                                        In its half century of existence the
                                              Inter-American Commission has dramatically
                                                                     expanded human rights law.
                                                                                Now new thematic and organizational
                                                                            challenges will determine whether
                                                                                  it can build on that hard-won authority.
                                                                                                                             BY SANTIAGO CANTON




                                                                           1980

                                                                          2008
                                              ON AUGUST 18, 1959, THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION                                             Center: Picture taken
                                                                                                                                            during an Inter-American
                                              on Human Rights (Commission) was created in a meeting of ministers of foreign                 Commission on Human Rights
                                              affairs held in Santiago, Chile. Over the course of the next five decades, it evolved          site visit to Nicaragua in
                                              into a crucial tool against injustice—exceeding the imagination of its founders               October 1980, outside the jail
  1979: LA NACIÓN; 2008: MARCELO MONTESINO.




                                                                                                                                            El Chipote, in Managua. From
                                              and making it a force in the hemisphere and an example in the world.                          left to right: Commission
                                                  Since its founding, the Commission has not only helped to raise the bar against           Assistant Executive Secretary
                                              human rights violators but also focused international attention on abuses commit-             David Padilla; Minister of the
                                                                                                                                            Interior of Nicaragua Tomás
                                              ted by repressive regimes, helping to facilitate the region’s transition to democracy.        Borge; Commissioner Marco
  PHOTOS COURTESY OF OAS.




                                              With the adoption of the 1969 American Convention on Human 
								
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