A group of nine Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo asking him to cut U.S. funding to the IACHR. What they’re doing is undercutting their own party’s human rights agenda.
The letter comes as State considers withdrawing funding in the wake of a letter from nine Republican Senators who claim the U.S. should withdraw funding because the Commission lobbies “for abortion in Latin America in direct contravention of U.S. law.”
In 2017, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights determined that marriage equality was a human right. In the face of resistance in the region, in a recent IACHR hearing on the matter, commissioners committed to enforce it.
The political and human rights crises in Venezuela and Nicaragua were predictable. It may have been preventable too, if media, multilateral institutions and governments had reacted to the obvious and documented warning signs.