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Human Rights Adviser in Paraguay


Background

Following the Government’s request for an OHCHR presence in the country, a Human Rights Advisor (HRA) was deployed in September 2010. The Advisor’s main priority is strengthening capacities regarding the protection and defence of human rights.

This includes:

  • the promotion of a human rights culture;
  • raising awareness of international human rights standards and promoting the implementation of recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review and UN human rights treaty bodies;
  • technical support for the establishment of human rights based public policies;
  • capacity building on the prevention and investigation of torture;
  • support to the judiciary on the fight against impunity; and
  • support to human rights reporting and to accountability mechanisms.

The thematic priorities of the Human Rights Adviser are:

  • widening the democratic space;
  • the protection of human rights in development and in the economic sphere;
  • countering discrimination;
  • combating impunity, strengthening accountability and the rule of law; and
  • strengthening the effectiveness of international human rights mechanisms and the progressive development on international human rights law.

Activities

The Human Rights Advisor works within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to promote international human rights standards as the basis for United Nations work and assists the UNCT in integrating human rights into programming.  The Advisor also assists in building the capacity of the UN Country Team, national authorities, and civil society with regards to human rights instruments and standards.

The Advisor assists the Judiciary and the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture, the Ministry of Justice and Labour, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary for Communication. A cooperation request has also been received from the Secretary of Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities and the Human Rights Advisor is expecting to resume cooperation with the Ministry of Health, as well as the Ministry of Education and Culture. Since deployment the Advisor has cooperated with and supported civil society organizations working on human rights in Paraguay.

Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 928 9167
Geneva, Switzerland

Human Rights Adviser

Tel: (595 21) 611980 ext. 197
Email: lvalina@ohchr.org

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