Participation of a member of the IABA in the Consultation Conference between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter American Court for Human Rights

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Washington, D.C., April 9, 2016, 9:30am to 4pm


Under the motto “Enhancing Cooperation in the Americas”, the Inter-American Commission hosted a one-day conference workshop to explore how the Inter-American Human Rights mechanism could enhance the cooperation with the Office of the United Nations. The IABA was represented by its member, Dr. Björn Arp, a lawyer and academic in Washington, D.C. The consultation aimed at enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission and Court, with a thematic focus on interactions with human rights defenders and civil society. Various UN mechanisms and members of the Inter-American Commission and Court presented their work, shared experiences, best practices, challenges, lessons learnt, and explored new forms of cooperation. Civil society and human rights defenders contributed to this discussion, reflecting on key human rights challenges in the region; the context for human rights defenders activities; and interaction with UN and regional mechanisms. Finally the consultations identified key concerns that will be discussed at the 4th world workshop of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms, to be held October 2016.

This conference took place pursuant to GA Resolution 30/3, of 9 October 2015, which requires the OHCHR to hold, in 2016, a workshop on regional arrangements for the promotion and protection of human rights to take stock of developments since the workshop in 2014, including a thematic discussion on the interactions with civil society and human rights defenders, based on concrete and practical experience of regional mechanisms.


La Fundación Interamericana de Abogados viene funcionando desde 1957. Entre sus funciones se encuentra fortalecer el Estado de Derecho en las Américas, para lo cual colabora con su institución hermana, la FIA.

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