IACHR and IPPDH Announce International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights

March 4, 2021

Washington, D.C.- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the MERCOSUR Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH) are pleased to announce the 5th edition of the International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights that, for the third time, are performed jointly.

This initiative is carried out by the International School of the IPPDH whose objective is the training, mainly of the states actor in human rights and public policies of MERCOSUR. In addition, it is part of the implementation of the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan of the IACHR, in which a program was established to promote public policies aimed at strengthening respect for human rights as a central element of the processes of consolidation of national capacities for the implementation of inter-American human rights standards.

The International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights seeks to train relevant actors of the region in the human rights approach in public policies. From a perspective that recognizes the advances and challenges in the region, it offers an approach to the experiences and challenges that the implementation of the human rights approach supposes for the state institutions. This training instance will combine theoretical and practical instruction in the fields of international human rights law, the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, social sciences, and public administration, with the presentation of practical experiences of high impact for the guarantee of rights implemented in the States of the region in recent years.

It is a virtual course, with a first stage of 13 modules that will begin in May 2021, and a second stage where participants will present their final works and will have classes given by specialists in the various topics covered during the course (both phases are mandatory). Likewise, people who are interested may obtain a specialization in the Inter-American System by conducting an optional 2-day training workshop in August, also in virtual mode.

In the previous edition, 100 people from all over the Americas participated. For this opportunity, the call will be opened again for 100 government officials responsible for the design, direction, execution and evaluation of public policies, members of organizations and social movements, academics of the Member States of MERCOSUR and the OAS.

● Applications: from March 4 to 25, 2021.
● Publication of selected people: May 3, 2021.
● First phase: from May 11 to August 31, 2021.
● Specialization on IAHRS (optional): August 2021.
● Second phase (closing week): October 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the application

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 a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

The IPPDH´s International School is a technical instance of research in the field of public policies on human rights. Its strategic lines of work are approved by the Meeting of High Authorities on Human Rights and Foreign Ministries of the MERCOSUR (RAADH), to contribute to the fulfillment and guarantee of human rights, considered central axes of the integration of MERCOSUR. Its structure was designed to fulfill its functions of research, training, technical advice in the formulation of public policies, as well as support in the field of communication in human rights.

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