Tuesday, December 18, 2018

IACHR to Monitor Human Rights at the US-Mexico Border

The 170th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has concluded.   Several hearings addressed issues relevant to the U.S., including a hearing on the migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border, and a hearing on the treatment of human rights defenders at the U.S. border.  A summary of the hearings is available here.

Of particular note is the statement that IACHR representatives made at the close of the hearing on human rights defenders, announcing a formal visit to the US -Mexico border in January 2019:  "The IACHR expressed its deep concern over what it observed is the worst period in the history of the human rights of migrants, which is exacerbated by the persecution of those seeking to defend these. It also reported on the working visit planned for January 2019 to the southern US border and other relevant parts of the country to monitor the human rights situation of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees." 

The IACHR's oversight and active engagement with these issues is a welcome development.  For ideas about how advocates can amplify the IACHR's efforts, and a toolkit to help, check out Lisa Reinsberg's excellent op ed in Just Security. 


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