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International Media Law and Related Human Rights

American Convention on Human Rights

The Organization of American States (OAS) is an international organization with member states from the Americas. The American Convention on Human Rights came into force on 18 July 1978. Freedom of thought and expression is protected in Article 13. 

Commentary on the American Convention on Human Rights

Scholarly commentaries provide article-by-article analysis of a convention, including citations to relevant cases, travaux préparatoires (preparatory works), and other documents. 

Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression

The Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression is an authoritative document for interpreting Article 13. This declaration was approved by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 2000. 

Jurisprudence

Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights created the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 1997. The website for the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression provides access reports, jurisprudence pertaining to freedom of expression from the Inter-American system, and publications.