Organization of American States (OAS) general secretary Luis Almagro defended his veto this Friday against the continuity of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR), Paulo Abrao, claiming he had “61 complaints” and that the institution he heads , has done nothing to resolve it.
Almagro has blocked the renewal of Abrao’s mandate, which will run until August 15, despite the unanimous agreement of the Commission itself that the Brazilian will continue for four years until 2024. The IACHR, which is affiliated with the OAS, believes that its mandate independence is in jeopardy, which also raises doubts at the United Nations.
Almagro, who had publicly justified himself days ago, said this Monday that he was “not interested” in the election of the secretary of the IACHR, but asks that person “a personal, moral and professional aptitude for the performance of their duties functions “, something that in his opinion is not fulfilled in the case of Abrao.
“I will in no way involve or re-involve anyone with 61 complaints pending,” he added, giving for the first time details of the allegations incriminating the current leader: “Conflict of interest, different treatment, serious setbacks at the Transparency of the trials, retaliation and code of ethics violations, impunity for complaints of sexual harassment, to name a few. “