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  • Inter American Human Rights System Web site of the Organisation of American States Documents – Treaties, resolutions etc. Across all subject that OAS deals with not just Human Rights. Treaties includes treaties by subject, ratfication and reservation information Drop down at the top links to different parts of OAS, including Human Rights, Indigenous populations, women etc.
  • Inter American Commission on human rights – principal human right organ of the OAS. Annual reports – Reports of Special Rappourteurs, precautionary measures (request addressed to state to prevent damage to human rights ) decisions about whether cases admissable/inadmissable, list of whether states have followed recommendations, cases before the court, reports on situation in various counties Special reports – on countries and themes Cases – by year Is Minnesota better? Other place to find Inter American Commission information is in the University of Minnesota human rights library. Notes 1965 Commission given explicit permission to receive petitions from individuals – receives thousands. The Court can not receive petitions from individuals – only from States or the Commission. Therefore Commission receive petitions from individuals and decides whether they are admissible or not. If a petition is admissible and the state is at fault the Commission will serve the state with recommendations to make amends for the fault. If the State fails to act on these (or if the commission considers the case to raise interesting legal issues) it will then refer the case to the Court.
  • Inter American Court of Human Rights Judgements are divided into categories. For document you get judgment in Word, pdf document. For some cases you also get a file of “related documents”. Cases are also listed by country and there is a search engine Minessota Breaks it down into 5 series (as above). Series b and D are incomplete. Nevertheless you can find these documents for some cases. The contents of Series b and d seems to differ from the documents in the “file” on the Court web site. Also annual reports and press releases. Worldlii – also carries judgments but out of date.

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  • 1. The Inter-American Human Rights System
  • 2. Inter American Human Rights system: Key web sites & documents
    • OAS - http:// www.oas.org /
    • Charter of the OAS @ http:// www.oas.org/juridico/english/charter.html
    • Treaties @ http:// www.oas.org/DIL/treaties.htm
    • American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man@ http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/oasinstr/zoas2dec.htm
    • American Convention on Human Rights @ http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/oasinstr/zoas3con.htm
  • 3. Has information on the work OAS does as well as a topic section including a section on Human Rights Documents include the Charter of the OAS, treaties and other legal documents
  • 4. Inter American Human Rights system: The Commission
    • Inter American Commission on Human Rights @ http:// www.cidh.org/DefaultE.htm
      • Reports adopted by the Commission @ http:// www.wcl.american.edu/pub/humright/digest / index.html
    • Finding cases before the Commission
      • Cases section of the Commission web site
      • University of Minnesota index to Commission cases @ http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/cases/commissn.htm
  • 5. Cases Background information including relationship of Commission and Court Reports from special rapporteurs, country reports, cases, work with the court Documents on specific topics such as migrant workers
  • 6. University of Minnesota pages on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • 7. Inter American Human Rights system: The Court
    • @ http:// www.corteidh.or.cr /
    • University of Minnesota - Basic Documents / jurisprudence @ http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/iachr/iachr.html
    • Reports
      • Series A – Judgments and opinions (Advisory cases)
      • Series B – Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents (relating to series A)
      • Series C – Decisions and judgments (Contentious cases)
      • Series D - Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents (relating to series C)
      • Series E - Provisional measures
    • Finding Cases online
      • Court web site (as above) – Spanish versions appear first
      • University of Minnesota (as above) - Judgments, opinions and decisions plus related documents
      • Worldlii (most recent judgment available 2006)
  • 8. Statute of the court, rules of procedure, composition, history etc
    • Browse judgments chronologically or by country
    • Decisions and judgments =series c (contentious)
    • Advisory = series A
    • Text in word / pdf
    Annual reports – includes cases Search for judgment by keywords or by country/date range
  • 9. Documents, including case law from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from the University of Minnesota
  • 10. Worldlii Human Rights case law under international library at http://www.worldlii.org/int/cases/ Inter-American cases