ACM Joins Hemispheric NGOs in Calling for Greater OAS Transparency
March 1, 2013 – Member organisations of the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange IFEX-LAC, based on their commitment to defend democracy and human rights in countries of the Americas, call on their respective governments and relevant OAS bodies to fulfill their obligation to review possible reforms to the Inter-American System in an open and public manner.
The IFEX-ALC members have reminded the authorities in their respective countries, in a personal and direct manner via letters and campaigns that the public has the right to participate in discussions about any proposed reforms.
On December 7, 2012, president of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM), Wesley Gibbings addressed a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council. He said the Caribbean organisation was “particularly concerned” that some reforms proposed by Member States “will have the impact of significantly weakening the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression by compromising its independence and weakening its resource base.”
Read official release (pdf): ACM calls for greater OAS transparency