Treaties and Conventions (Binding instruments)
The American States signatory to the present Convention, aware of the provision of the American Convention on Human Rights that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment or treatment; Reaffirming that all acts of torture or any other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment constitute an offense against human dignity and a denial of the principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States and in the Charter of the United Nations and are violations of the fundamental human rights and freedoms proclaimed in the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
THE STATES PARTIES TO THIS CONVENTION,RECOGNIZING that full respect for human rights has been enshrined in the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and reaffirmed in other international and regional instruments;
(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 7, 1999)
The States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights "Pact San José, Costa Rica,"
Reaffirming their intention to consolidate in this hemisphere, within the framework of democratic institutions, a system of personal liberty and social justice based on respect for the essential rights of man; Recognizing that the essential rights of man are not derived from one's being a national of a certain State, but are based upon attributes of the human person, for which reason they merit international protection in the form of a convention reinforcing or complementing the protection provided by the domestic law of the American States
La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, con sede en San José Costa Rica, es una institución judicial autónoma de la Organización de los Estados Americanos cuyo objetivo es la aplicación e interpretación de la Convención Americana sobre Derechos Humanos y de otros tratados concernientes al mismo asunto y fue establecida en 1979.
Está formada por juristas de la más alta autoridad moral y reconocida competencia en materia de derechos humanos elegidos a título personal.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is
one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and
protection of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in
Washington, D.C. The other human rights body is the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights, which is located in San José, Costa Rica.
(Approved by the Commission at its 109º special session held from December 4 to 8, 2000, amended at its 116th regular period of sessions, held from October 7 to 25, 2002, at its 118th regular period of sessions, held from October 6 to 25, 2003, at its 126º regular period of sessions, held from October 16 to 27, 2006 and at its 132º regular period of sessions, held from July 17 to 25, 2008)