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IPPDH and IACHR announce list of selected people for the IV edition of the International Course on Public Policies in Human Rights

July 2, 2019

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The MERCORSUR Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights (IPPDH) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announce the selection of 100 participants for the IV edition of the International Course on Public Policies in Human Rights.

The selection process was based on the criteria previously mentioned in the call. Therefore, every application among the 4021 received, was detailly reviewed in accordance with the quantity and quality of the applications.

There were 4021 applications received from 35 different countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Selected participants are public servants with responsibility for the design, management, implementation and evaluation of public policies, as well as members of organizations and civil movements, and academics from MERCOSUR and the OAS member states. Likewise, the selection criteria considered diversity in gender, geographic representation, subject or discipline, institutional belonging, performance in decision-making and impact on public policies.

We want to express our gratitude to all of the candidates who applied to the IV edition of the International Course. The IACHR and the IPPDH are pleased with the record of aplications the course accomplished, as it reasserts the interest and commitment the Region mantains with Human Rights.

Tentative dates:
• Virtual Session: from July 30th to October 29th, 2019.
• In-person Session about the Inter-American System of Human Rights (elective): from September 23rd-27th, 2019.
• In-person Session in Buenos Aires (mandatory): from February 10th-14th, 2020.

The International Course on Public Policies in Human Rights seeks to train regional leaders in the human rights approach for public policy making. Based on a perspective that recognizes progresses and challenges in the region, the course offers an approximation on what experiences and challenges the implementation of the human rights approach mean to state institutionality. This training will combine both theory and practice fields of the International Human Rights Law, the Inter-American System of Human Rights, social sciences, and public administration, and include a presentation of experiences that have deeply impacted the work of States in guaranteeing Human Rights for the past few years.

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.

No. 165/19