IACHR launches Five-Year Strategy for the Caribbean

January 30, 2024

Strategy for the Caribbean

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) makes known to the Inter-American public its five-year (2023-2027) Strategy for the Caribbean in implementation of IACHR's Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

The Strategy for the Caribbean will promote understanding and use of IACHR's mechanisms, observance and guarantees of human rights by States, and increased protection and defense for victims of human rights violations, especially for those groups that have been historically discriminated and marginalized. In line with the Strategy, the IACHR will cooperate with public institutions on the promotion of human rights and will assist social actors enhancing their capabilities.

The right to a healthy environment will be given special attention, and the Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights will work with Member States to address the implications of climate change actions for the enjoyment of human rights. The Office of the Special Rapporteurship on Freedom of Expression will continue to monitor the situation of journalists and media environment in the region, and to promote freedom of expression in the Caribbean.

In accordance with Article 106 of the OAS Charter and Article 41 of the American Convention on Human Rights to advance technical cooperation on development and human rights, the five-year Strategy also includes an advocacy component. The IACHR will be also promoting the ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights and other Inter-American human rights' instruments relevant to discrimination, racial discrimination, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the rights of older persons.

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 a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their respective countries of origin or residence.

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