News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Sept. 11, 2012: The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has denounced the American Convention on Human Rights.
The decision was made in a letter to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, (OAS), José Miguel Insulza.
The American Convention on Human Rights, also known as the Pact of San José, is an international human rights instrument. It was adopted by many nations of the Americas in San José, Costa Rica, on 22 November 1969. It came into force after the eleventh instrument of ratification (that of Grenada) was deposited on 18 July 1978.
The bodies responsible for overseeing compliance with the Convention are the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, both of which are organs of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The OAS Secretary General said he regrets the decision taken by the government of Venezuela to denounce the legal instrument, one of the pillars of the legal regulations that protect the defense of human rights in the hemisphere and expressed his hope that in the year that must elapse before the decision becomes effective, as established by Art.78, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela may reconsider its decision
The Convention states that parties may denounce this convention (…) by means of notice given one year in advance.”