Chile joins the protocol of San Salvador promoting economic, social and cultural rights

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WASHINGTON, USA – The government of Chile deposited the instrument of ratification of the additional protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, known as the “Protocol of San Salvador,” at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

During the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Chile, Sebastián Kraljevich, said that economic, social, cultural and environmental rights are basic and indispensable rights.

“This is a very special day for our country, since the deposit of this ratification represents, finally, the concrete expression of democracy and the protection of human rights as fundamental pillars of Chile’s foreign policy, reaffirming our full commitment to the respect, promotion, protection and guarantee of all human rights, as an inalienable attribute of every human being,” added the Chilean diplomat.

For his part, the secretary-general of the OAS, Luis Almagro, said the Protocol of San Salvador promotes the permanent protection that must be granted to civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights, and whose common denominator is the recognition of the dignity of the human person.

“The adoption of progressive measures to ensure due respect for the rights enshrined in the Protocol of San Salvador enhances the value that Chile attaches to the dignity of persons,” added secretary-general Almagro.

The Protocol of San Salvador is an additional instrument added to the American Convention on Human Rights in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and was adopted in El Salvador in 1988 in the framework of the OAS General Assembly. With Chile’s accession, 18 OAS States Parties have deposited this instrument of ratification.

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