IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. — On February 28, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Follow-Up Resolution 11/2022, which addresses the implementation of precautionary measures granted in favor of women patients in the delivery and emergency rooms and newborns in the neonatal department at the Concepción Palacios Maternity Hospital.
The IACHR granted precautionary measures in favor of these beneficiaries on March 18, 2019, through Resolution 13/2019, as it deemed them to be at serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to their human rights.
The IACHR analyzed the information provided by the beneficiaries' representatives regarding the implementation of these precautionary measures and expressed its regret over the lack of response from the State.
After analyzing the available information, the IACHR identified a series of challenges relating to the lack of an official response from the State of Venezuela since the precautionary measures came into force, the risk factors to which the beneficiaries are exposed, and the differentiated impact they face because they are pregnant, in labor, or postpartum. It also noted the importance of conducting a visit to Venezuela, including to the Concepción Palacios Maternity Hospital.
Under the terms of Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the IACHR resolved to:
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.