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Seminary debates Inter-American System of Human Rights

At the “Inter-American System of Human Rights” seminary held today (17) at the University of Brasilia’s (UnB) Institute of International Relations (Irel) auditorium, justice Roberto Caldas, from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H. R.), and its General-Secretary from Chile, Pablo Saavedra, highlighted the impacts of the decisions of that Court in the countries that ratified the American Convention, also known as San José Pact. The event was sponsored by the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), I/A Court H. R. and UnB and is part of the 49th Ordinary Sessions of the Inter-American Court. From 11 to 15 of November, the I/A Court H. R.  will hold an extraordinary session at the STF.

Justice Roberto Caldas stated that the Court’s great mission is to produce rich case-law on human rights topic.

The magistrate paid tribute to justice Antônio Cançado Trindade of the International Court of Justice who chaired the I/A Court H. R. from 1999 to 2004. “His mandate profoundly marked international law. I consider him the greatest living Brazilian jurist. If Ruy Barbosa is the Eagle of Hague, Antônio Cançado Trindade is the Lion of Hague,” he highlighted.

Pablo Saavedra, from Chile, stressed that the I/A Court H. R.  does not offend the states’ sovereignty. “It has to do with the citizens’ guarantee since there is another level in case of fundamental human rights violation inside the universality concept,” he considered. The Secretary-General mentioned the Court’s decisions which impacted the countries such as the misuse of force by the state, amnesty laws for torturers, indigenous lands, political disappearances, access to public information and cinematic censorship.

At the end of the seminary, the speakers answered the audience’s questions on various subjects such as racial discrimination, violence against women and police repression.


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