Since 1992, IHRLG has maintained a consistent presence at meetings of the political bodies of the Organization of American States. We have monitored the OAS and published an annual comprehensive report on its performance with respect to human rights and democracy since 1994.
Until recently, access to this international institution, where the tasks of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court of Human Rights are decided, was denied to NGOs, cutting them off from any significant interaction with governmental authorities and the preparation of human rights standards. Since the early 1990s, IHRLG has mobilized NGOs and advocated in a number of countries in Latin America to allow these groups access to and a voice within the OAS, in order to strengthen civil society and open this traditionally closed international organization to public scrutiny.
A significant victory was achieved in December 1999 when the Permanent Council of the OAS approved guidelines to establish consultative status for non-governmental organizations at the OAS. In September 2001, IHRLG and other NGOs involved in the documentation elaboration process related to the draft text of the Inter-American Democratic Charter celebrated the inclusion of IHRLG's proposed article about racial discrimination as Article 9 of the final Charter.
IHRLG has been involved in litigating numerous cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights since 1978. Recent successes include