This event took place immediately before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights elected its new executive secretary, Paulo Abrao. Faced with an unprecedented financial crisis and renewed attacks by member states, the executive secretary assumes this position at a critical moment in the commission’s history. In a continued effort to strengthen the transparency of elections to the commission and court, this civil society forum offered an opportunity for the five candidates to present themselves to the public and engage in a moderated discussion.
The candidates for executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights were:
- Renzo Pomi (Uruguay)
- Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (United States)
- Paulo Abrao (Brazil)
- Michael Reed-Hurtado (Colombia)
A video recording of this event can be found here.