On the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 12, 2012

Question: The ACLU asked the Organization of American States' human rights commission Tuesday to investigate the U.S. Government for what it says are violations of the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla. Does the State Department have any comment?

Answer: The United States has not yet received any petition on this matter from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”). As provided in the Rules of the Inter-American Commission, petitions to the Commission undergo initial review and processing by the Commission before they may be transmitted to the state.

The Inter-American human rights system is the result of the deep commitment to the rule of law by hemispheric democracies. The United States is an active participant in and supports the principles of the system, including through significant financial contributions. We believe the Commission does important work in the region for the promotion and protection of human rights and will give any petition due consideration once we have received and reviewed it.

PRN: 2012/1970