Dear friends,

We are glad to inform you that after our pleasant experience with the Italian blog, the IIMA Human Rights Office has decided to open a new blog in English.

On this blog, you may follow our main activities with the United Nations and its mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights, as well as news from the UN bodies and IIMA offices in different countries related to the right to education.

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Develpment of the United Nations.

On the 25th of September 2015 marked the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations and on its anniversary the debate on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take place, specifically the elaboration and discussion of the 17 Sustainable Development's Goals proposal.


Where is the Political Will to Stop the Wars in Syria and Iraq?

 Show me who makes a profit from war and I’ll show you how to stop the war.”
                                         Henry Ford

On Thursday, September 17, the office attended in conjunction with the 30th session of the Human Rights Council the side-event “Where is the Political Will to Stop the Wars in Syria and Iraq?” organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See along with Caritas International, Dominicans for Justice and Peace, World Evangelical Alliance and Associazione Comunita Papa Giovanni XXIII.

The war in Syria is about to come to its fifth year and an end to this conflict is nowhere to be seen. What started as a civil war has become a proxy war between Russia and the US. The governments have planned for war instead of planning for peace and diplomacy had not known a bigger defeat.
Arms and volunteers, tempted by the jihad death ideology, keep arriving from the West to fight in this holy war; bombing continues and the International Community hasn’t found a way to curve the supply of weapons. While waiting for a military solution that never came the International Community has lost many opportunities to reach a successful and peaceful solution. 


"True Truths"

Imagine, your daughter disappears with a child in her womb and you never know what happened to either of them…
Estela de Carlotto, a testimony of hope and peaceful fight
The 14 September 2015 the Permanent Mission of Argentina at the United Nations presented, at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, the movie “True truths” directed by Nicolás Gil Lavedra.  The protagonist Estela Barnes de Carlotto was among those present, as well as a large number of NGOs and ambassadors from the Human Rights Council Member States.
 “The truth is neither good nor bad. It is the truth.
And you have to know it.”
                                                                 (Estela de Carlotto)        


Inaguration of the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council

On Monday the office of human rights attended the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, where the annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Humans Rights and the Report of the office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary General were discussed.
Present in the council were H.E. Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, and H.E. Mr. Roberto Campa, Undersecretary for Human Rights, Ministry of the Interior, Mexico.
The Council was inaugurated by a touching speech of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who called attention to all the devastating humanitarian crisis happening across the world, but specially the Syrian crisis. He mentioned the recent tragedy of Aylan Al Kurdi and reflected on what efforts is the world undertaking to solve this refugee crisis. 


Peace is real only when shared.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.-
Mother Theresa

It has been four years, 4 million refugees, 7.6 million of internally displaced people, 23 million in need and 220 000 deaths since Syria’s civil war started.

Desperate to flee the violence that has overran their country and their lives, Syrians are taking dangerous routes in the search for peace in nearby countries. One of this routes is the passage to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, in which according to a UNHCR report, at least 2 500 Syrian refugees have died only this year. The Syrian crisis has become the worst refugee crisis since WWII.