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Dangers of Hemisphere Operating Without IACHR Guidence

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The Dangers of the Hemisphere Operating Without the IACHR’s Guidance

In a recent gathering of the Organization of American States (OAS), a group of Latin American leaders, including Bolivian President Evo Morales, expressed their concern over recent proceedings from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), calling for severe reforms to the organization. The IACHR, an independent body of the OAS, has been one of the most effective human rights systems in the region and members of the OAS are calling its independence into question.

This analysis was prepared by Catie Duckworth, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

To read the full analysis, click here.

COHA Recommends:

The Colombia Support Network is working with the local populations in the gold-rich city of Marmato, Colombia to help protect them from further exploitation by the Canadian-owned mining corporation, Gran Colombia. Next month, COHA will be publishing its own analysis discussing the detriment and impact that Canadian mining corporations are having on 18 other Latin American countries.

Check out this Link on the Gran Colombia:

What to Look for in the Future...

COHA is working to expose the extent to which corruption is all-pervasive in Panamanian governance. In a series of releases, COHA will release the work of five of its Research Associates who have compiled analyses of various aspects of corruption under the current Martinelli administration. The COHA series will being with an introduction that previews four articles, which will cover: environmental issues regarding the expansion of the Panama Canal, labor issues faced by canal workers, the questionable ties between the Martinelli administration and Italian government officials, and the controversial case of U.S. national Wilson Lucom’s will. Each article will reveal another aspect of the venality that plagues the small Central American country.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 | Research Memorandum 12.49

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