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  May 29, 2009

“The current financial and economic crisis will inevitably test our democratic institutions, our leaders, and our citizens’ faith in democracy and its ability to deliver equality, liberty, prosperity, and security,” said Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), in prepared remarks delivered to a ministerial workshop on human rights education and violence prevention strategies. The meeting, a joint initiative of the Secretariat of Education of Honduras and the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR), took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, today.

In his presentation, Ramdin asserted that this is a decisive moment for democracy and human rights promotion in the region. The ministerial dialogue brought together education curricula developers from the Ministry of Education in Honduras, as part of a hemispheric effort by the IIHR to promote and facilitate the inclusion of human rights in education curricula. Other participants included Dr. Marlon Brevé Reyes, Secretary of Education of Honduras, his counterpart from Guatemala, Dr. Ana Ordonez de Molina, and special delegates from the Bolivian and Colombian Ministries.

The OAS official praised the work of both the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and education policy makers, saying they play a vital role in violence prevention. “It is for this reason that a dialogue between government officers and human rights specialists is so important.”

The workshop was held as the hemisphere’s foreign ministers prepare for the 39th OAS General Assembly, which opens in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, next Tuesday, June 2 under the main theme: “Toward a Culture of Nonviolence.”

The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights is an independent international academic institution, created in 1980 under an agreement between the OAS Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Republic of Costa Rica. The IIDH is one of the most important world centers for teaching and academic research on human rights.

Reference: GA-03-09