About us

The IIHR was created in 1980 under an agreement between the Inter-American Court and the Republic of Costa Rica as an international and autonomous academic institution for the teaching, research and promotion of human rights.
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To educate in human rights and promote their respect in order to contribute to the consolidation of democracy and justice in the Americas, in coordination with the organs of the inter-American system, civil society, academia and the State.
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To be the inter-American reference point with respect to education, promotion and specialized training in human rights, as well at the regional center for reflection, action and research in human rights so as to have an impact on their effective enforcement.

Thematic Priorities 2015-2020[Download Strategic Framework]
Cross-cutting themes

The IIHR gives priority to its cross-cutting themes in all of its activities: Civil society–State interaction, Gender equality and Non-discrimination