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New ties of human rights cooperation

Fecha: (7/8/2016 4:50:58 PM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. On June 30, 2016, the IIHR Regional Office for South America signed an agreement of cooperation with the Office of the Ombudsman of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina .

The agreement has the objective of planning “joint activities in the area of human rights education, promotion and dissemination and collaborating in the design and implementation of public policies in the field of human rights.” The two institutions will also work to sensibilize the population on the obligations of the State to promote and protect all the inhabitants, as well as to foster “dialogues with civil society and public and private institutions with the object of designing and implementing public policies with a focus on human rights ”.

There is also a commitment to educate in human rights through “courses, seminars, workshops, studies and other activities that could be carried out in coordination with relevant public institutions, specialized organizations of civil society and other bodies ”.

The agreement was signed in the MERCOSUR building, the seat of the IIHR Regional Office, by Enrique Marcelo Honores, General Secretary of the Office of the Ombudsman, and Soledad García, IIHR Regional Representative. Also present were Carolina González, Director of Institutional Relations of the Office of the Ombudsman; Belela Herrera, well-known human rights activist; Guilherme Canela, Advisor to the UNESCO Office of Coordination and Information for MERCOSUR, and Ricardo Domínguez, OAS Representative in Uruguay .

Marcelo Honores emphasized the importance of this agreement, which will strengthen the ties of cooperation between both institutions in view of the Office’s commitment to human rights that orients its activities.. He explained that the technical assistance of the IHR will be fundamental for the work of the Office, which has increased measurably after the changes in public policies that were recently made in Argentina. This is especially true since the Provincial body has become a useful tool in meeting the needs of those in the most vulnerable conditions and in defending human rights .

  For her part, Soledad García emphasized the importance of the agreement that, in addition to formalizing the existing ties of cooperation between the two insitutions, will enable them to carry out joint activities of human rights promotion and protection in the most populous province of Argentina. She also noted that “the month of June was key for closer ties with State institutions concerned with human rights in the geographical area of the Río de la Plata.” She recalled that on June 14 an agreement of cooperation was signed with the National Institution of Human Rights and the Office of the Ombudsman of Uruguay. She concluded by stating that the IIHR is becoming more involved in South America ”.