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Cassel briefly addresses four points:

  • First, while the Commission must process cases, that is not its only mission. The case system is a means, not an end. The goal of the Commission is to contribute to the highest possible level of respect for human rights throughout the hemisphere.
  • In addition, while the case system leads at times to adversarial relations, the proactive role is one in which the Commission and States can and should strive to work together toward common goals.
  • His third point is that we need a Commission that serves the peoples of all OAS member States.
  • Finally, if he is elected he will work hard to defend the Commission’s budget before the government of the United States and other countries.


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