Rapporteurship on Memory, Truth, and Justice

Mandate

The main mandate of the Rapporteurship on Memory, Truth, and Justice is to promote the processes of memory, truth, justice, comprehensive reparation, and non-repetition of human rights violations committed, in general, in contexts of serious human rights violations.

Likewise, within the framework of transitional justice, the Office of the Special Rapporteur promotes, protects, and ensures the rights of victims and their next of kin within the jurisdiction of the 35 member states of the Organization of American States.

Functions of the Rapporteurship on Memory, Truth, Justice and Reparation:

The functions of the Rapporteurship are framed in the processes of memory, truth, justice, and reparation, the protection of the rights of victims and their families, and transitional justice, among which the following stand out:

  • Monitor the situation of the processes of memory, truth, justice, and reparation, as well as the guarantees of non-repetition, in general, after contexts of serious human rights violations in the Americas, intervening in favor of the rights of women. victims and relatives;
  • Provide specialized analysis in the evaluation and processing of petitions, cases, requests for precautionary measures, and provisional measures presented to the IACHR;
  • Carry out promotional activities such as conferences, seminars, and meetings with representatives of the States, academic institutions, non-governmental entities, and others, to disseminate information, promote broad knowledge and stimulate public awareness;
  • Organize and hold visits to observe and document the situation of the victims and their families on the ground;
  • Prepare reports and specialized studies with recommendations addressed to the OAS Member States for the protection and promotion of the human rights of victims and their families; as well as follow up on the recommendations made;
  • Provide advice and technical cooperation on public policies with a human rights approach, both to the Member States of the OAS, as well as to their political bodies, regional bodies, and other public institutions and social organizations;
  • Promote the adoption and implementation of legislative measures, public policies, programs, and actions to guarantee the full exercise of the human rights of the victims and their families, taking into account the principles of equality and non-discrimination, social participation, grievance mechanisms, and access to justice, production and access to information, gender perspective and intercultural approach and prioritization of groups in situations of vulnerability;
  • Contribute to the development of inter-American standards on memory, truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-repetition, as well as the rights of victims and they're next of kin within the framework of transitional justice.