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María Elena Martínez represents IIHR in Mercosur Parliament

Fecha: (1/15/2018 2:49:07 PM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. On December 8, 2017, María Elena Martínez, member of the IIHR General Assembly, represented the Institute at a public hearing of the Parliament of Mercosur on the situation of human rights in Uruguay. Her remarks took place during the space provided for organizations of civil society.

After expressing the gratitude of the Regional Office for South America, headquartered in Montevideo, for the invitation, Ms. Martínez reported on projects concerning children, security, the environment and LGBTI persons, part of the 2015-2020 Strategic Framework “Educating in Human Rights and Promoting their Enforcement.”

She first referred to the activities and the results of the “Early Childhood: Art, Human Rights and Citizen Coexistence” project, which took place in conjunction with the Teatro Solís, in both Uruguay and Juárez, Mexico and in which some 750 children, 100 teachers and 75 families participated. The project published documents on combating bullying and promoting coexistence among the students.

With respect to security, she highlighted the International Diploma project “Human Rights and the Police Function: Challenges and Strategies regarding Children and Adolescents from the Perspective of Gender,” implemented by the Investigatory Police of Chile (PDI). The virtual and on-site phases of this fifth edition of the project took place with 35 police officials from Chile and other countries of the region. More than 200 police officials have now been trained since 2012, when the joint program with the PDI was begun.

Ms. Martínez then reported on the Sixth Brazilian Interdisciplinary Course on Human Rights, which emphasized the environment. The Course was held from August 28 to September 8, 2017 in Fortaleza, Ceará, in conjunction with the Brazilian Institute of Human Rights and with the support of the State government. The some 100 participants, from Brazil and other countries of the region, represented governmental institutions, civil society or were experts on the environment.   

She also announced that the “Welcome Everyone” campaign would begin on December 11. This project deals with the rights to health of LGBTI persons, especially adolescents, and is financed by the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives. The campaign was widely advertised on television, billboards and at the network of 24 neighborhood clinics in the city and department of Montevideo.

Finally, the IIHR representative mentioned the agreement of cooperation between the IIHR and the Institute of Public Policies in Human Rights of Mercosur, about which she said that ‘we aspire that it be a means of articulating future efforts to further education in human rights.”

Agenda de la audiencia pública de DDHH del Parlamento del Mercosur, aquí