(9 May, 2012) Amerigo Incalcaterra, the Regional Representative for South America of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), welcomes the Uruguayan Parliament´s appointment of five members to the Governing Board of the new National Human Rights Institution and Ombudsman (INDDHH) in Uruguay.
Incalcaterra extended his congratulations to the new Board of Directors, composed of: Mr. Juan Faroppa, Mr. Juan Raúl Ferreira, Ms. Mariana González Guyer, Ms. Mirtha Guianze and Ms. Ariela Peralta.
¨These appointments represent the starting point for the establishment of this important institution for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Uruguay,¨ said Incalcaterra. ¨We recognize that the task initiated by the members of the Board — to build a modern and efficient institution that is responsive to the yearnings of Uruguayan society — is arduous, so we naturally offer the support, assistance and technical advice of our Regional Office.¨
Created by Law 18.446 in December 2008, the INDDHH of Uruguay, which has the mandate to defend, promote and protect human rights ¨is in full compliance with the Paris Principles which lay down the rules for the composition and functioning of National Human Rights Institutions,¨ added Incalcaterra.
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