The Argentine government decided to increase to $400,000 its annual voluntary contribution to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), within the framework of strengthening the Inter-American system for the protection of human rights (IAHRS) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
(Argentina) will therefore become the top Latin American contributor to the IACHR. For Argentines, the tasks carried out by the IACHR are vital, and recognize the invaluable work it undertook over the years of the civil-military dictatorship. At present, in a democracy, the IACHR work accompanies – and is associated with – the fundamental principle that the defense of human rights is a primary responsibility of the State.
Argentina believes that Member States should be responsible for financing the system, as an effective way to ensure its strengthening and independence. By increasing its contribution, Argentina took into account the fact that at present, the system depends largely on “voluntary” contributions, mainly from non-members countries and entities of the Organization of American States, mainly from Europe, something which is unsustainable.
In the hope that the rest of the Member States will join, within their capabilities, in these efforts to stabilize the Inter-American System of Human Rights; in this way, this system can allocate resources without conditions, and in the most effective way possible, so that it can develop its task to protect the human rights of all the inhabitants of the Americas. In order to enhance the renewed commitment of the Americas to strengthening the IAHRS, Argentina will continue to encourage all countries in the region that have not yet done so to ratify their constituent instruments and to recognize the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.