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Chief Justice of STF and President of TSE open International Seminar related to the I/A Court H.R.

Thursday, November 14th 2013
To bring the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H.R.) closer to the Brazilian people and to allow dialogue and exchange of legal experiences are among the goals of the International Seminar: Impact of Decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which takes place this Thursday (14) at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). The following people participated on the event opening: the TSE President, Justice Carmen Lucia, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) Chief Justice, Joaquim Barbosa, the I/A Court H.R. President, Diego García-Sayán, and the President of the Superior Labor Court (TST), Justice Carlos Alberto Reis de Paula.

When opening the event, the TSE President stressed the importance of the seminar. According to her, "this world that became so small, at which the physical distances became short, but at which the human distances risk not being so short like that, events like this one have a much greater importance." For her, the discussion of ideas and the suggestion for solutions and alternatives are essential so that "the path of humanity may be followed with the greatest rigour" in order to realize human rights in the most concrete and effective way as possible.

She also stressed the role of the courts which "struggle" for the enforcement of human rights and noted that the more "effective the works of the courts and human rights bodies are," the greater the possibility will be of creating a "just and fraternal coexistence" as provided in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution. "Meetings like this have the responsibility to make provisions, such as section I of Article 3 of the Constitution, strictly adhered to and exercised for the benefit of all. "The constitutional provision determines how the fundamental objective of the Federative Republic of Brazil builds a "free, just and fraternal society."

The STF President stated that "the presence of the I/A Court H.R. in Brasilia shows the Brazilian Judiciary's interest on the dialogue between multiple understandings concerning various legal phenomena." He highlighted the unique role of the Court on the development of Latin American countries and noted that since December 1998 Brazil recognizes the jurisdiction of the I/A Court H.R. "Since then, for a period of almost 15 years, five  Brazilian cases were effectively brought to the I/A Court H.R., beside some other interim measures," he noted.

According to the STF President, these issues pervade various branches of legal science and affect the development of human rights and constitutional development, which is increasingly internationalized. "To allow dialogue between nations and and these and between the international entities shows, in its essence, interest in building a more equitable and just. It means to have in mind that foreign legal experience may always be of great interest and validity," he said.

The I/A Court H.R. President noted that, a few years ago, it would be "almost naive" to believe in the operation of a human rights court in Latin America. "The reality, thankfully, went through a different path at which it was possible to build an Inter-American and jurisdictional system of human rights "in harmony with national courts."

On the 11th and 12th, the 49th Extraordinary Session of the Inter-American Court was held at TST; the missing persons case was analysed concerning the recapturing of Colombia's Palace of Justice of by military forces in response to the action of the M-19 political group which occurred in November 1985.


Read more:

12/11/2013 – I/A Court H.R.: Colombia recognizes human rights violations

11/13/2013 - I/A Court H.R. closes case statement on human rights violations in Colombia

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