Organization of American States (OAS) general secretary Luis Almagro said that the opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights “avoids the abuses committed in the past”.
“The opinion of the Inter-American Court of Justice is fundamental for strengthening hemispheric democracy because it avoids the abuses committed in the past and also opens a way into a future in which democracy is not contaminated by the misconception that re-election is a human right . “Said Almagro on his Twitter account.
The Inter-American Court of Justice ruled that indefinite re-election is not a human right protected by the American Convention on Human Rights.
OC 28/21 was requested by Colombia in October 2019 to determine whether indefinite re-election is a human right in the American Convention.
In Bolivia, former President Evo Morales relied on this premise to run in the 2019 elections, despite a 2016 referendum banning that option.