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Building democracy from the point of view of human rights. Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights

Throughout human history, our calendars have provided an opportunity for reflection. As such, we can agree that although purely symbolic –or as some might prefer, conventional– commemorations are important. They are an occasion to pay homage, through both evaluation and celebration. 

This profile of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary is not exception: it is an homage, evaluation and celebration. 

This is a homage to those who established the foundation of the institution –judges, academics and activists in the field of human rights, many of whom have passed away–. It is also a recognition of those who later took up the challenge with dedication and commitment. They have made the IIHR a solid institution that is acknowledged as a leader in the promotion of human rights in the Americas.

It is to be, as well, a reflection that allows for the evaluation of achievements during this quarter century, as well as current challenges which are not to be underestimated. Lastly, this reflection will also be a contribution to the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the IIHR in October 2005.