REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION
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.
report contains five chapters and has been prepared in accordance with
Resolution 331 (VIII-O/80) of the General Assembly and Article 62 of the new
Regulations of the Commission.
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 1987 and 1988.
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 sixteenth 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.
III is entitled “Resolutions on Individual Cases.” This chapter contains several resolutions adopted by the
Commission regarding specific cases presented to it, which the Commission
processed in accordance with the applicable legal provisions.
Chapter IV the Commission has included special reports on developments in the
human rights situation in Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua,
Paraguay, an Suriname–all of which have been the subject of previous
Commission reports–in order to examine the measures taken by the various
government to comply with the recommendations that the Commission has made in
these earlier reports and to examine developments in the observance of human
rights in these countries in the twelve months preceding the approval present
V constitutes a study by the Commission on areas in which the States should
institute measures to further the cause of human rights, in accordance with the
American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention
on Human Rights. At this time the
Commission in this chapter will limit itself to carrying out the mandates it has
received from the last General Assembly consisting in the preparation of a study
of the situation of minor children of disappeared persons and in elaborating a
draft inter-American Convention on Force Disappearances.