N° 61/08



Washington, D.C., December 16, 2008 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) appreciates the significant financial contribution of $300,000 made to the Commission by the Federative Republic of Brazil. This donation will help strengthen the inter-American human rights system and consolidate a culture of respect for human rights in the hemisphere.


In a ceremony today at the Commission’s headquarters in Washington, Minister Counselor Lineu Pupo de Paula said, “Brazil understands that the development and improvement of the inter-American system for the protection and promotion of human rights constitutes one of the most important aspects of the hemispheric agenda.” Through its two main bodies, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the human rights system “makes a vital contribution to the strengthening of democracies throughout the hemisphere,” he added.


The Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Santiago A. Canton, thanked the government of Brazil and said, “This contribution demonstrates Brazil’s serious commitment to the inter-American system of human rights. This donation is one more step in a series of important institutional measures Brazil has taken to strengthen the system, and sets an example that we are pleased to highlight.”


A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has the mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.


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