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Moving Toward Improved Human Rights Enforcement in the Americas


Claudio Grossman


American University - Washington College of Law

Summer 2000

Human Rights, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 16, 2000

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With the dawning of the new millennium, most of the states of the Americas have arrived at a point where civil and political rights are acknowledged and accepted, at least in the theoretical sense. These rights include life, liberty, and security of the person as set forth in the American Convention on Human Rights (American Convention), ratified by twenty-four countries and/or the American Declaration on Human Rights, which is binding on all thirty-five Organization of American States (OAS) member states. In addition, the states of the Americas have begun to link human rights with democracy, recognizing that only in a democratic political system is respect for human rights possible. In fact, thirty-four of the thirty-five independent states in the region now have democratically elected governments, and many are experiencing fewer incidences of arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances, and summary executions.

The implementation of the Inter-American System for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (Inter-American System)-the system of human rights instruments and institutions established by the OAS-is primarily responsible for these positive steps forward in the region.

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Keywords: International Criminal Court, in loco, special rapporteurs, inter-american system

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Date posted: March 19, 2009 ; Last revised: March 25, 2009

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Grossman, Claudio, Moving Toward Improved Human Rights Enforcement in the Americas (Summer 2000). Human Rights, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 16, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1365294

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