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Inter-American Court held training in Guatemala on the international obligations of States and serious human rights violations

San José, Costa Rica, August 5, 2022. On August 1 and 2, a two-day conference event was held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on the “Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Case Law on the States’ International Obligations” regarding serious human rights violations and impunity. The activity was aimed at over 90 officials from the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Guatemala (PDH in its initials in Spanish) who participated in person and virtually from the most remote areas of the country. Participating in the opening of the event were Jordán Rodas Andrade, Human Rights Ombudsman of Guatemala, Michel Andrade, Program Officer of the Swedish Embassy in Guatemala, Sebastián Robinson, Project Director of the Justice Education Society and Javier Mariezcurrena, Coordinating Lawyer of the International Cooperation Unit of the Inter-American Court.

Additionally, on August 2, the Inter-American Court organized a public event on its case law regarding the fight against impunity and serious human rights violations, in which about 30 people participated, including judges, prosecutors, legal professionals and law students. Speakers at both activities included Alexandra Sandoval Mantilla, Lawyer and Vice President of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia, and Jorge Errandonea, Lawyer at the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

These two events were part of the project called "Strengthening the protection of human rights and the rule of law through jurisprudential dialogue, optimization of capacities and compliance with the judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras” carried out by the Inter-American Court with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).