QUITO – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Monday called for a new Inter-American System of Human Rights because the existing Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, serves no purpose, adding that the enforcement of these rights should be undertaken by the Inter-American Court.
Sooner or later there will be an Inter-American System of Human Rights that is “decent, coherent, just and ours,” Correa said during the inauguration of the 56th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, being held in Quito until this Friday.
The president considered that since it’s impossible to eliminate “the last vestiges of neoliberalism and neocolonialism,” which, in his opinion, are inherent in the current system, it is necessary to “look for something that is new, better, and truly ours.”
Insisting on the unnecessary nature of the IACHR, he noted that the Inter-American Court “can and should have the function of promoting human rights and judging any attacks against them.”
Correa said that “all is ready” for this renovation of the system because “basically we are Latin American countries that ratified the Pact of San Jose,” the pillar of the inter-American system, he said, “and consequently we are the only ones that accept and submit to the decisions of the Inter-American Court.”
The head of state said that not only is a new Inter-American System of Human Rights necessary, “but also a new Inter-American System in general, because, in his opinion, North America and South America should deal with each other as “blocs.”
The Organization of American States, or OAS, of which the IACHR is dependent, is a captive of the interests of the hegemonic nations and victim of “the bias and backwardness” that make it “inefficient and not very trustworthy,” he said.
For that reason he repeated his idea that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or Celac, should be the regional forum of discussion and the OAS the place for meeting with North America, because “the world of the future will be a world of blocs,” he said.
He again criticized IACHR headquarters being in Washington, something he called an expression of “neocolonialism” that “should be intolerable to the Latin America of the 21st century,” he said.