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“Respect the people’s will” – Peruvian Congress hearing on overreaching Inter-American Court

– Latin American Parliamentarians call for respect of national sovereignty

– ADF International briefed Congress in Peru on matters of international law


LIMA/WASHINGTON DC (10 Apr 2018) – On 10 April, a delegation of the Hemispheric Congress of the Americas addressed the Congress of Peru on the constant overreach of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. This comes amid a rising awareness that foreign political agendas are being imposed on American countries, trying to forcefully change family-policies and pro-life legislatures in the region.

“Society should protect life and strengthen marriage. We see a push by the Inter-American system to undermine the concept of family and marriage in Latin America,” said Neydy Casillas, Senior Counsel for ADF International, in the lead-up to the Congressional hearing.

We see a push by the Inter-American system to undermine the concept of family and marriage in Latin America

“We call for the respect of national sovereignty when it comes to national laws protecting marriage, family, and the sanctity of life. The vast majority of people in Latin America want to see family and marriage protected and promoted by their governments. We must respect the people’s will,” added Casillas. She will participate in the hearing as an expert presenter on the Organization of American States and international human rights law.

Growing resistance

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is tasked with interpreting the American Convention on Human Rights and operates within the broader Organization of American States framework. In 2017, nearly 700 legislators from the Americas signed the Mexico City Declaration, which, among other things, calls for an end to the court’s activism.

Forming the Hemispheric Congress of Parliamentarians, these legislators from across the Americas committed themselves to monitoring the Inter-American Court and ensuring that it stays within its mandate and becomes a credible court that respects the rule of law.

“The Inter-American Court has a mandate to defend fundamental human rights as recognized by international law, not create new rights of its own,”  said Casillas.

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