PRESS RELEASE: NWAC President Calls for Support of The Inter-American Commission On Human Rights (IACHR)

June 14, 2016

To NWAC Supporters;

On behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), I am truly shocked to hear of the financial crises of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.

NWAC has counted IACHR as a major partner in our domestic and international quest for justice for Indigenous women and girls in Canada as well as Central and South America.   It is appalling in this day and age to have to beg for funding for an organization that is so vital for truth and justice.

We would like to rally NWAC supporters to support the IACHR to join the campaign to bring visibility to the current crisis and to apply pressure on States to pay their quotas to the IACHR immediately.

If the IACHR does not receive any funds by end of June, 40% of their employees of the Commission will be laid off, leaving the Commission almost entirely paralyzed: the Commission will no longer be capable of holding hearings, visits for monitoring of human rights situations in various countries, precautionary measures, etc.

How can you support this important organization?

  • Take a picture of  yourself with a sheet of paper with the hashtag #SaveTheIACHR
  • Then please share this picture as much as possible on Facebook and on Twitter
NWAC staff support #SaveTheIACHR
NWAC staff support #SaveTheIACHR

Thank you for helping to support the Commission. It is essential that the Commission stays alive so it can continue promoting and monitoring respect for human rights.

If you require further information you can check the following:

A press release http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2016/069.asp  and a letter from the President of the Commission, James Cavallaro http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/links/Cavallaro-El-Pais-May2016.pdf.

In unity,

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard
President
Native Women’s Association of Canada

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies.  As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

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