"In exercise of its autonomy and independence, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today selected Pedro José Vaca Villarreal for the position of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. The Commission forwarded the name of the selected person to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), who expressed his agreement with the appointment. In accordance with Article 15 of the IACHR Rules of Procedure, Pedro Vaca will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable once, and will take office on Oct. 6, 2020.
The Inter-American Commission made its decision based on the candidate's professional qualities and experience, taking into special consideration his technical capacity, his leadership, and his ability to work effectively with States, civil society organizations, and other actors of the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Pedro José Vaca Villarreal is a Colombian national and a lawyer from the National University of Colombia. He has a Specialization in Constitutional Law and a Master's Degree in Law, also from the National University of Colombia.”