In Paraguay, Regional Representative participated in human rights activities

24 de July, 2017

Portada-Paraguay-580x435SANTIAGO (24 July 2017) – The Representative for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) visited Asunción, Paraguay, from 12 to 14 July. He engaged in several human rights activities with national authorities and human rights groups.

Seminar on human rights defenders

On 14 July, the Regional Representative participated in an international seminar on human rights defenders, organized by civil society organizations and with the technical cooperation of OHCHR. Over 200 people attended the event, including NGO representatives, scholars and human rights experts.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Incalcaterra highlighted that “it is unacceptable to see that people who work for a better world are harassed and criminalized in most parts of the world. We call on our leaders to commit and celebrate the work of human rights defenders through protection mechanisms and also through recognition in order to allow them to perform their activities without fear”.

Bilateral meetings

The OHCHR Repreentative also met with the Minister of the Social Action Secretariat, Mr. Héctor Cárdenas, in order to exchange information on the latest activities carried out within the framework of the technical cooperation between both institutions.

In addition, the UN official held a meeting with the Minister of the National Secretariat for the human rights of persons with disabilities (SENADIS), Mr. Diego Samaniego, in order to share strategies for joint cooperation, seeking to guarantee the rights of persons with disabilities in the country.

Mr. Incalcaterra also discussed with the Vice-minister of Justice, Ms. Cecilia Pérez, about technical cooperation on public policy and budget creation based on human rights in connection with the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development.

Also, he gathered with the general director for human rights of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Marcelo Scappini, and the human rights director, Ms. Maria Romy Romero, in order to exchange experiences on joint projects and activities with OHCHR in Paraguay.

The OHCHR Representative also discussed with expert on indigenous issues Esther Prieto, shared their concerns over the dialogue process with indigenous representatives on issues such as consultation, participation, lands and territories, among others.

During the mission, Mr. Incalcaterra gathered with other international mechanisms cooperating with OHCHR in Paraguay, as well as with the Resident Coordinator of the UN Coutry Team in Paraguay, Ms. Cecilia Ugaz.


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