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Belela Herrera, symbol of the struggle for human rights, honored

Fecha: (7/11/2017 2:29:08 PM)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. On June 16, 2017,  Soledad García Muñoz, Coordinator of the IIHR Regional Office for South America, and Enrique Iglesias, former President of the IADB, former Ibero-American Secretary General and former Foreign Minister of Uruguay, recognized the human rights work in the Americas of Belela Herrera, former official of UNHCR and former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the event, Ms. Herrera was given a plaque “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to human rights in the region and in the world. For her example and inspiration in the building of a culture of peace and respect for human dignity.”

Ms. Herrera and Mr. Iglesias shared a key moment in their careers in Santiago, Chile at a time that is engraved in the memory of the hemisphere: the years prior to and following the coup of September 11, 1973. For her part, Ms. Herrera was responsible for placing numerous persons in different embassies. At the same time, Mr. Iglesias was Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Each played a transcendental role in the struggle for human rights and the defense of democratic values. For his role, Mr. Iglesias received the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 1982.