The Fourth Diploma in Human Rights for Journalists was finalized on Tuesday, July 12, organized by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, together with UNESCO, the Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and the support of the European Commission. More than seventy journalists from various parts of Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the diploma course, with this edition highlighting a balance between community journalists, journalists from mass media such as radio, press and television, and journalists from emerging digital media.
This fourth round of the Diploma allowed participants to expand their knowledge about the Inter-American Human Rights System and the role of the Inter-American Court, especially familiarization with the Court’s lines of case law. Among the various topics discussed were serious violations of human rights, freedom of expression, violence against women, communities on the move, discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity, aboriginal communities, reparation in terms of human rights and economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
With more than 10 sessions, the program encourages a journalistic analysis of the work of the Court in its various functions: contentious, advisory, provisional measures and monitoring of compliance.
Throughout the process, those who participated had the opportunity to interact and learn with prominent jurists in the field of human rights. The President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Judge Ricardo C. Pérez Manrique, highlighted during the session dedicated to the Court’s case law in matters of freedom of expression, the importance of “promoting knowledge of the inter-American human rights system for journalists on the continent”.
Judge Verónica Gómez and Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot were among the specialists in diverse areas of human rights who also participated in this round of the Diploma course.
The course participants join the Dialogue Network (known as RED DIALOGA) of Journalists for Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, a space for dissemination and exchange between the Inter-American Court and communication professionals. The Network has more than 6,000 members.