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The debate over the leadership of the IACHR opens an unprecedented crisis with the OAS

The decision of the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, not to renew the mandate of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR), Paulo Abrao, has sparked an unprecedented crisis between the two institutions. “very harmful” in the eyes of the United Nations.

The IACHR denounced on Tuesday that Almagro had suspended the renewal of Abrao’s mandate until August 15, although the commission itself had unanimously agreed that the Brazilian would continue for four years until 2024. more forceful protest “, understanding that this meant” a serious attack on their independence and autonomy “.

Almagro himself responded publicly, citing the “dozen of complaints” IACHR officials had filed against Abrao without going into the details of those allegations. “The severity and gravity of the above complaints, and the need to justify them, did not allow approval to be given under that designation,” he argued.

The debate over the leadership of the IACHR opens an unprecedented crisis with the OAS
The debate over the leadership of the IACHR opens an unprecedented crisis with the OAS

The former Uruguayan minister defended the “presumption of innocence” but at the same time criticized the fact that the IACHR, which had been aware of the same complaints – “in some cases for months” – did not act and is now trying to “create confusion” by denouncing a more allegedly Attack on its operational autonomy. He has promised to continue to guarantee the Commission’s “faultless” autonomy.

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