The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights is an autonomous international academic institution. It was established in 1980 by virtue of an agreement concluded between the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Republic of Costa Rica.

In accordance with its mandate, the Institute supports the Inter-American System of Human Rights through the teaching, research and promotion of human rights in collaboration with many organizations, such as:

  • The organs of the System.
  • Public institutions (Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defense and Security and the Offices of the Human Rights Ombudsman and the Attorney General, electoral bodies, administration of justice, etc).
  • Local, national and regional civil society organizations: human rights organizations, community groups, traditional authorities of indigenous peoples, women and feminist movements, among others.
  • United Nations agencies (Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, among others) and the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • OAS General Secretariat and its offices of integration.
  • Higher education centers: joint program with AUSJAL, public and private universities and research centers.

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Executive Directorate

José Thompson, a Costa Rican lawyer and university professor, is the Executive Director and, as such, is the IIHR legal representative at its headquarters located in San José, Costa Rica, The Executive Director coordinates the work of the technical, administrative and academic staff and its delegations in Colombia and Uruguay.


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- Apartado postal: 10.081-1000

- Teléfono: (506) 2234 04 04

- Fax: (506) 2234 09 55

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