IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Follow-Up Resolution 99/2021 on December 1, 2021, to address the implementation of precautionary measures in favor of three protected groups in the Wayúu indigenous people in certain municipalities of Colombia's La Guajira department. The three groups are: children and adolescents in Uribia, Manaure, Riohacha, and Maicao; pregnant and breastfeeding women in Manaure, Riohacha, and Uribia; and older persons in Manaure, Riohacha, and Uribia. These groups were protected with precautionary measures through resolutions 60/2015, 3/2017, and 51/2017.
The IACHR commended the State on the action it had taken on this matter; it called on the parties to further pursue platforms for agreement; it made a series of assessments based on the available information; and it expressed its willingness to conduct an on-site visit to municipalities in La Guajira, where the three groups of beneficiaries live.
In keeping with Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the Commission:
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 countries of origin or residence.