AG/RES. 1906 (XXXII-O/02)




(Adopted at the fourth plenary session
held on June 4, 2002)





REAFFIRMING the principles and purposes of the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Charter of the United Nations;


NOTING that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction of any kind such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, and that this applies in all circumstances in accordance with International Law;


REITERATING that all persons are equal before the law and have the rights and duties established in the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, without distinction as to race, sex, language, creed, or any other factor;


REAFFIRMING that States may not renounce their duty to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in all cases in the fight against terrorism;


TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the resolution of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights “Terrorism and Human Rights” of December 12, 2001; and  

WELCOMING the decision of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to prepare a report on terrorism and human rights designed to assist OAS member states in adopting laws, regulations, and other measures against terrorism, in keeping with their international commitments in the area of human rights,




1.       To reiterate that the fight against terrorism must be waged with full respect for the law, human rights, and democratic institutions, so as to preserve the rule of law, freedoms, and democratic values in the Hemisphere.


2.         To reaffirm the duty of the member states to ensure that all measures taken to combat terrorism are in keeping with obligations under international law.


3.         To call upon member states, in particular within their respective national frameworks and in conformity with international commitments in the field of human rights, to enhance their cooperation with a view to bringing terrorists to justice.


4.         To request that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights present its report on terrorism and human rights to the Permanent Council for its consideration, if possible, in 2002.