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Chief Justice of the STF signs unprecedented document with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights this Tuesday (10)

Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), will receive the delegation of commissioners headed by the President and Secretary-General of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), this Tuesday, to sign an unprecedented letter of intent. The document details three areas of capacity-building and development of the national Judiciary in the human rights field, and it represents the first step for a future cooperation agreement after complementary negotiations between the parties.

One of the highlights is the organization of training and capacity-building courses for Justices and public servants of the courts. The document states that the qualifications in Human Rights will be offered to magistrate schools through seminars, colloquiums, symposiums, conferences, forums and other judicial and diffusion activities.

The letter also stipulates the creation of an electronic bibliography in the CNJ (Conselho Nacional de Justiça) website to gather texts, publications or any other judicial material of interest in the field of Human Rights, translated to Portuguese. Furthermore, there will be space for the IACHR’s case laws and other relevant information to legal practice.

Another highlight that the letter provides is the publish of a book containing the texts of the international conventions that composes the international system of protection to human rights. The document that is yet to be signed allows the amplification of the agreement object between the CNJ and the IACHR, given that the purpose of diffusion of related matter is maintained.

The declaration of intentions confirms and strengthens the subject matters established during the work meetings between representatives of both Bodies that took place over the past few months. It will be signed by Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, by the Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Mr. Emilio Álvarez Icaza, and by the Head of the Commission Delegation, Mr. José Jesús Orozco Hernríquez.

To the coordinator of the Monitoring and Oversight Department of the Prison System and the System of Implementation of Socioeducational Measures (DMF) of the CNJ, auxiliary judge Luís Geraldo Sant’Ana Lanfredi, it has to do with an unprecedented event, which stands as a true landmark to the National Judiciary. “The purpose of the Brazilian Judiciary in seeking and improving itself, ever more, on the absolute virtue and primacy of individual rights and guarantees of all and any citizen is reaffirmed before the international organizations in charge of the oversight and protection of human rights,” he stated.

Created in 1959 within the Organization of American States, the IACHR is responsible for the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the Inter-American System. The rapprochement with international organizations aiming to strengthen the protection of fundamental rights is one of the guidelines of Justice Lewandowski in order to manage the national Judiciary in the next biennium.




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