- Human rights
This chapter covers the development of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, focusing on their creation, composition, functions, and relationship to highlight how historical experience influences their operations today. It begins by reviewing the creation of the normative framework for the protection of human rights in the Americas, surveying the historical context, development, and relationship between and among its operational instruments. It then sets out the structure and evolution of the Commission and Court. It also reviews the reporting and recommendation functions of the Commission and their impact in enhancing human rights protections; discusses the creation and early operation of the system’s purely judicial body; and reviews the case system and process of petitioning the Court for consideration of contentious cases.
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