Washington, D.C., May 13th, 2015.- Civil society organizations reiterated their request through a public
statement to convene a dialogue with proposed candidates intended for high-ranking positions within the
Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights during the next 45thGeneral Assembly of the
Organization American States (OAS).
From June 15th and 16th, during the General Assembly, elections will be held for the IACHR and the Inter-American
Court. Within each body, there are four positions available. Since the deadline for nominations expired on March 9th, 2015, six people had been nominated by member States to the Commission and five on the Court.
According to the letter—signed by 36 organizations who form part of the International Coalition of Organizations
for Human Rights in the Americas—the talks would "publicly present [candidates] to civil society organizations
and users of the Inter-American System for Human Rights ".
In addition, it is vital that selection processes of senior members of the Inter-American System are transparent and
participatory. Dialogues between the candidates and civil society would be instrumental in revealing their views and
proposals for the effective protection of human rights.
The request for dialogue between civil society and future members of the Inter-American Commission and Court
emerged from previous experiences with the OAS where public forums were held within the Permanent Council
with candidates to the Commission as well as proposals made during the dialogues that took place
during the election of the Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General.