The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has the honor to submit its report to the General Assembly, in compliance with the provisions of Article 52 f of the Charter of the Organization of American States.
This report contains five chapters and has been prepared in accordance with Resolution 331 (VIII-0/80) of the General Assembly and Article 63 of the new Regulations of the Commission.
Chapter I is a brief summary of the Commission’s origin and juridical bases. This chapter also contains a brief account of the Commission’s relationship with other organs of the inter-American system and regional and global institutions of a similar nature during 1983 and 1984.
Chapter II refers to the activities undertaken by the Commission during the period covered by this report. Emphasis is placed on the Commission’s principal activities, as well as the subjects it dealt with and the most important measures taken during its various sessions. It includes the participation of the Commission in the thirteenth regular session of the General Assembly as well as the resolutions adopted by this organ in relation to the work of the Commission in the field of human rights.
Chapter III presents resolutions on individual cases. This chapter contains several resolutions adopted by the IACHR regarding specific cases presented to it, which the Commission processed in accordance with its Regulations.
In Chapter IV the Commission has included special reports on developments in the human rights situation in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay—all of which had been the subject of previous Commission reports—in order to examine the measures taken by the various governments to comply with the recommendations that the Commission had made in those earlier reports and to examine developments in the observance of human rights in those countries in the twelve months preceding the approval of the present report.
Lastly, in Chapter V the Commission has prepared a study of those areas in which the member states should take measures to assure greater respect for human rights in keeping with the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention on Human Rights.