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OAS Permanent Council Approves Participation of 24 Additional NGOs in Dialogue on Strengthening the Inter-American System of Human Rights
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:27:47 AM
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Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
approved the participation of 24 new civil society organizations in the
debate on the strengthening of the Inter-American Human Rights System,
which will continue with a new meeting of the Council on December 7.
The Council followed the recommendation of its Committee on
Inter-American Summits Management and Civil Society Participation in OAS
Activities that reviewed on Thursday the requests for participation
from 24 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These entities needed
special authorization because they are not formally registered with the
OAS, and will join another 26 that had asked to be part of the event and
were previously included in to the OAS registry.
The session of December 7 will continue the discussion that the
Council has been having on the recommendations of the Report of the
Special Working Group to Reflect on the Workings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with a View to Strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System, which represents the continuation of a process
begun in 2011.
On Wednesday, November 28, the Permanent Council requested the
CISC to review the requests from civil society organizations and users
of the Inter-American Human Rights System to participate in the
meetings. In presenting the report today, the Permanent Representative
of Colombia to the OAS and Chair of the CISC, Andrés González, informed
that the Commission decided to "transmit said requests to the Council"
and recommend acceptance of the participation of 24 organizations that
are not registered with the OAS.
The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative
of Mexico to the OAS, Ambassador Joel Hernández, confirmed the agreement
and reported that the Council will also extend an invitation to
participate in the meeting to two users of the Inter-American Human
Rights System that had requested to take part. The list of users is
available in the report.
The OAS is a pioneer organization in including civil society,
with its opinions and ideas, in its functioning. Among the efforts made
toward this end are the spaces created to facilitate dialogue and
develop mechanisms for the participation of NGOs in the political
forums, the projects, development and solidarity cooperation programs,
in the exchange of experiences and information that allow for the
creation of public policies that respond to the needs and realities of
the society of the Americas. Civil society participation in OAS
activities is governed by regulations adopted by all Member States. To
date, 396 NGOs have registered with the OAS and more than 575
cooperation agreements have been established between them and the
organization. More information is available here.
A gallery of photos of the event is available here.
The video of the event is available here.
The audio of the event is available here.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.
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