Additionally, our work seeks to bolster the legitimacy and effectiveness of the IAHRS as well as the scope of protections the system offers. On the one hand, CEJIL works to improve nomination and selection processes for members of the Commission and Court. To achieve this, we´ve partnered with other organizations to advocate for greater transparency in the nomination processes for senior positions within both human rights organs. Through this work, we´ve called attention to the selection processes of commissioners and judges. This area also focuses on the post of Executive Secretary and rapporteurships at the IACHR, such as freedom of expression and social rights.
By developing a national and international advocacy agenda, we´ve generated changes while nomination and voting processes take place, helping with their establishment, and installing groups of experts to monitor the nominations for the IASHR. This year, for example, has been the third edition of this initiative.
Moreover, the Gqual campaign advocates for gender parity in international representation, and stress the elements of merit and equality. These points were explicitly mentioned in the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in which a landmark resolution highlighting the need for parity, diversity and geographical balance with the membership of the Inter-American System were called upon. Undoubtedly, this represented a milestone in our work of strengthening the IAHRS.
To understand our mission and our work methods, both must be viewed from a perspective that understands the importance of building empowered Human Rights System to address the insufficient actions undertaken by States in the wake of serious human rights violations, that allow many of these crimes to remain in impunity. CEJIL was formed to spread its knowledge around the region so that the entire continent can have access to representation and protection.
To fulfill that mission we began 25 years ago, we keep reinventing ourselves year after year and innovating our legal, advocacy and communication strategies.
Even today, in CEJIL, we believe that by working hand-in-hand with hundreds of partner organizations, funders, non-organized civil society, academies, groups of young people, journalists, etc., we help strengthen the IAHRS, and we can continue to defend rights to change realities.
Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional · Center for Justice and International Law · Centro pela Justiça e o Direito Internacional · Centre pour la Justice et le Droit International · Pemonton Kowantok Wacüpe Yuwanin Pataset