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Interdisciplinary workshop on economic, social and cultural rights, transparency and combating corruption

Fecha: (7/14/2017 2:27:39 PM)

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras. An interdisciplinary workshop on “Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights in light of the Promotion of Transparency and the Combating of Corruption” was held May 31 to June 2, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to train the participants regarding economic, social, cultural and environmental rights (ESCER), the universal and inter-American human rights systems and the impact of corruption and impunity on the vulnerable people of Honduras. The event sought to strengthen the fight against corruption and train in the defense and protection of ESCER, as well as to learn the experiences of the different social actors.

The workshop was opened by Jenniffer Erazo (Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Wilfredo Méndez (Director of the Center for Human Rights Research and Promotion (CIPRODEH), Dina Eguiguren (Executive Director of IMPACTOS) and Jorge Padilla, Coordinator of the IIHR Center of Resources and Studies for Education in Human Rights, who represented the organizing bodies.  

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Thirty-five participants, comprised of technical staff, trade union leaders, teachers and specialists, attended the event that had an agenda that contained lectures, a panel and a question and answer session. The lectures included: “Vulnerable groups and ESCER” and “Content and Justiciability of ESCER” (Adalberto Méndez), "The International Law of Human Rights” (Josué Padilla), "The Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights” and “The Impact of Corruption on the Effectiveness of ESCER (Joaquín Mejía), “The National System of Protection of Human Rights” (Andrés Pérez Munguía, Mission of Support against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), "ESCER in the Area of Inter-American Protection” (Jorge Padilla), "Environmental Conflicts and ESCER” and “Competences of the Rapporteurship on Human Rights Defenders and its Mechanisms of Protection” (Jaime Vidal, of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who also presented  the  IACHR report “Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders”), “Education in Human Rights and Education for Transparency: Strengthening the Rule of Law” (Mayra Falck) and finally “The Challenges of the Justiciability of ESCER” (José Thompson, IIHR Executive Director).

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The panel of June 2 was dedicated to the combat against corruption and featured Wilfredo Méndez speaking on emblematic cases, Dina Eguigure on strengthening civil society and Juan Jiménez, a spokespersonof MACCIH, on the risk for the rule of law. The panel was moderated by Jorge Padilla and received ample press coverage.

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