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IACHR and IPPDH Announce Final Stage of the International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights

February 8,  2019

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Washington, D.C. / Buenos Aires - The final stage of the International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights, which the IACHR is running in partnership with the MERCOSUR Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH), will be held February 11–15, 2019, at the IPPDH headquarters in the Buenos Aires.

The aim of the International Course on Public Policies on Human Rights is to provide training on the human rights-based approach to public policy for people from the region who work in the field. The course combines theoretical and hands-on training in the fields of international human rights law, the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the social sciences, and public administration. It will include high-impact practical experiences relating to guaranteeing the rights that have been implemented by states in the region in recent years.

During this week-long, in-person stage of the course, attendees will take part in working groups, roundtables, and conferences at which they will discuss the current status of public policies in the region and the importance of maintaining and developing a human rights-based approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating these.

This final stage aims to consolidate and build on both the nine weeks of online learning that preceded it and the course on the Inter-American System that was held at the IACHR headquarters from December 3 to 7, 2018.

The main issues on the agenda for discussion include a human rights-based approach to public policies, equality and nondiscrimination in public policies, access to information and the indicator system, participation in public policies and the enforceability of rights, specific principles for designing public policies, and public human rights institutions.

The in-person stage of the course will also include activities that are open to the public in which experts and human rights specialists from throughout the region will take part, along with authorities and staff from both the IACHR and the IPPDH.

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 is a technical research organization in the field of public policies on human rights. Its strategic lines of work were approved by the Meeting of High Authorities on Human Rights and Foreign Ministries of the MERCOSUR (RAADH) and aim to help states guarantee human rights and guarantee compliance with their related obligations, which are at the core of the MERCOSUR integration process. The IPPDH was designed to provide human rights-related research, training, technical advice on public policy design, and media support.

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