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5. American Convention on Human Rights "Pact of San Jose, Costa Rica"

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This chapter talks about the American Convention on human rights "Pact of San Jose, Costa Rica", which is signed by States Members of the organization of American States, at San Jose, Costa Rica, on 22 November 1969. It describes 82 articles agreed by the American states signatory to the present Convention. The American states agreed upon the articles by reaffirming their intention to consolidate in this hemisphere, within the framework of democratic institutions, a system of personal liberty and social justice based on respect for the essential rights of man, and by recognizing that the essential rights of man are not derived from one's being a national of a certain state, but are based upon attributes of the human personality, and that they therefore justify international protection in the form of a convention reinforcing or complementing the protection provided by the domestic law of the American states.

Keywords: American Convention; American States; Costa Rica; democratic institutions; domestic law; human personality; human rights; personal liberty; San Jose; social justice



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