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THE OAS RE-ELECTS MEXICAN JURIST JOSÉ DE JESÚS OROZCO TO THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

 

THE OAS RE-ELECTS MEXICAN JURIST JOSÉ DE JESÚS OROZCO TO THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

 

 

• Dr. Orozco, the current President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, took first place in the election held in Antigua, Guatemala and was elected in the first round of voting.

 

• His election is recognition of his career in protecting and promoting human rights on the American continent and Mexico’s commitment to the Inter-American human rights system.

 

The Mexican jurist José de Jesús Orozco was re-elected today to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the 2014-2017 term. The election was held during the 43rd Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Antigua, Guatemala.

 

Dr. José de Jesús Orozco was re-elected as IACHR commissioner in the first round of voting. He received 22 votes, the most of the six candidates proposed by the governments of Mexico, United States, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador to fill three vacancies.

 

Dr. José de Jesús Orozco is an active promoter of human rights. During his first term as IACHR Commissioner, in addition to chairing the Commission, he served as the first Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. He also served as country rapporteur for Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

 

Dr. Orozco is a researcher at the Institute for Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research interests include constitutional law, human rights, the judiciary and comparative law.

 

The re-election of this Mexican expert is recognition by the countries of the region of Mexico’s work and leadership in promoting and protecting human rights in the Americas.

 

James L. Cavallaro, an American professor at Stanford University, was also elected in the first round with 20 votes. Paulo de Tarso Vannuchi, a Brazilian, was elected after a tie in the second round with 19 votes, over Rodrigo Escobar Gil, a Colombian, who received 15 votes.

 

The Mexican government congratulates Dr. José de Jesús Orozco for his victory and wishes him every success in fulfilling this important international responsibility.

 

The IACHR is an autonomous organ of the OAS created to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere and to serve as a consultative organ to the organization on this topic. It is composed of seven independent members who are elected by the OAS General Assembly and serve in a personal capacity.

 
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