Former Panamanian Supreme Court Magistrate, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, was elected to one of the four vacancies at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (ICHR). It is the first time a Panamanian obtains such a high-ranking and relevant position at an Inter-American system organization. Panama nominated the renowned lawyer for her independence and national and international trajectory, e...specially oriented to the defense of human rights. This forms part of a Government strategy to increase Panama’s representation within international organizations. “We are very pleased to offer the expertise of a Panamanian for the benefit of the entire continent.
Panama and its citizens have the potential to achieve a much more active participation in the international agenda, especially in the area of development, and I am sure that Mrs. Troitiño can make a difference in this regard”, said the Panamanian Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado upon hearing about the election results. Mrs. Troitiño’s nomination is consistent with efforts in Panama and the region to reach greater gender equity in high-profile positions of the Inter-American system, increasing women’s participation and visibility. The ICHR is composed of seven members, which are people of high moral authority and renowned competence in the area of human rights. Its mission is to promote the observance and defense of human rights and work as a consultative mechanism for the Organization of American States (OAS) in this regard. Members of the Commission act independently, serve for four years and can be reelected once.