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Brazil: public hearing on the UPR celebrated the 70° anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

27 de February, 2018

Photo: PFDC - MPFSANTIAGO (27 February 2018) ­­– On 27 February, the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-South America) engaged in a public hearing in Brasilia (Brazil), organized by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office for Citizens Rights of the Federal Public Ministry. During the event, participants discussed national follow-up actions to the recommendations received by the country during the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The event occurred within the framework of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will be marked on 10 December.

The deputy representative of the OHCHR-South America, Mr. Xavier Mena, participated in the activity, alongside with several governmental authorities, lawmakers and members of the judiciary, as well as representatives of civil society groups.

At the event, Mr. Mena highlighted that “this 70th anniversary is an opportunity for the world to celebrate again the gift that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means, and also to reaffirm the human rights principles and standards it helped to establish”. In addition, he invited attendees to join the campaign promoted by the OHCHR-South America throughout the year calling on all people to stand up for human rights.  

“It is necessary to adopt a comprehensive, efficient and sustainable approach for the implementation of the obligations under the treaties ratified by Brazil and the UPR recommendations, which are related to the same”, he said, adding that “the dialogue and consultation with civil society is also a significant step”. 

Participants also debated about implementation and monitoring measures at the municipal, state and national levels of the over 240 recommendations received by the country in the latest UPR. Several civil society organizations also referred to human rights concerns in the country and to follow-up mechanisms for the UPR recommendations. In this context, representatives of Paraguay and Uruguay announced their follow-up and implementation mechanisms of the recommendations of international human rights mechanism and shared best practices in this regard.

The event was attended by the Attorney General of Brazil, Ms. Raquel Dodge; the Federal Prosecutor for Citizen’s Rights, Ms. Deborah Duprat; the Minister of Human Rights a.i., Mr. Gustavo Rocha; and the director of the Department of Human Rights and Social Issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Alexandre Ghisleni. Participants also were the chair of the Human Rights an Participatory Legislation of the Federal Senate, sen. Regina Sousa; the chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Lower House, dep. Paulão; the head of the National Council of Human Rights, Ms. Fabiana Severo; the Federal General Public Defender, Mr. Carlos Eduardo Barbosa; and the executive secretary of the Brazilian Committee of Human Rights and External Policy, Juana Kweitel, among others.


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