The repression of social protest carried out by Nicaraguan security forces and para-police groups has left at least 273 people dead and 1800 injured in the last three months. What started with demonstrations against a pension reform has ballooned into a human rights crisis.
Published by openDemocracy, this opinion piece analyzes the joint work and individual strategies that different Argentine, regional and international organizations used to convince OAS member states to reject Argentina’s candidate to the IACHR, Carlos Horacio de Casas.
The countries of the OAS must elect new commissioners to the IACHR. In February we formally objected to the Argentine state’s candidate. In addition, two ex-presidents of the IACHR, an international panel of independent experts and more than 60 scholars rejected his candidacy.
Last year the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) suffered the worst financial crisis in its history, despite the fact that the Inter-American Human Rights System has served as a blueprint for the development of other regional mechanisms.
The career of Carlos Horacio de Casas, candidate for membership on the IACHR, has no ties to the defense or promotion of human rights, but rather to corporate, economic criminal and tax law. We contest his candidacy.