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IDB and OAS sign regional technical cooperation for Inter-American Commission of Human rights to support children's rights

Inter-American Development Bank President Enrique V. Iglesias and the Executive Secretary of the Organization of American States Inter-American Human Rights Commission Jorge E. Taiana signed an agreement for a $150,000 grant for regional technical cooperation to promote children’s rights in Latin America and the Caribbean through the Inter-American Human Rights System.

The IDB resources will support the panel on children’s rights of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission of the OAS in order to identify best practices and disseminate the availability of services, such as care for individual cases, preventive measures, general and thematic studies, protection of children, and country missions.

The initiative will encourage countries to give children’s rights a priority and assume the necessary political and economic commitments, as well as adhere to international standards of human rights for children.

The program will promote the rights among children, parents, child protection agencies, teachers, judges, and national and local public institutions. It will support the participation of nongovernment and civil society organizations in the design, preparation and execution of state policy.

The activities will be undertaken in at least 10 countries of the region and will culminate in a general hearing on children’s rights in Latin America and the Caribbean before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

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