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The Inter-American Commission's Human Rights Defenders Unit
Monday, 16 August 2010 10:23

At its 141st regular session (March 2011) the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced the establishment of an Office of the Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. The Rapporteur will be Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez.


Different human rights organisations had requested the IACHR establish such a mechanism to offer more protection to human rights defenders. The Office of the Rapporteur will foster a greater support and visibility to the work and the contribution of human rights defenders and justice operators - who are also included in the mandate - in constructing a democratic society.


The move by the IACHR is in response to the high number of complaints received, denouncing the difficult situation of human rights defenders in different Latin American countries. Read the full story, from FIDH and OMCT, here


Read more about the functions of the Office and the Rapporteur here.

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