Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Central America

Commission de défense des droits humains en Amérique centrale
Comisión para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Centroamérica (CODEHUCA)

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3 Dec 1978, San José (Costa Rica).


Promote and defend human rights in Central America; coordinate and support national non-governmental human rights organizations within their respective countries; contribute to finding long-term solutions to societal and structural causes of systematic violations of human rights.

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Programs: Denounce and Solidarity; Human Rights Education; Diffusion and Publications; Legal Affairs and Documentation. Work guidelines include: improving the thesaurus of human rights terms used regionally; contribution to initiatives providing integral support to victims of human rights violations (moral, psychological, economic and social); development of a regional and international response encompassing structural analysis and responding to the immediacy of each case; focus on the 'institution' of impunity; alternative means of divulging information concerning human rights; study of underlying structural causes of human rights violations; popularization of the concept and creation of a culture of human rights in the region; professionalization of human rights work; establishing relations with organizations in the region and internationally; defending women's rights in the region. Specific activities: (1) Reception and follow up of allegations of human rights violations; (2) Preparation of educational materials and organization of periodic workshops on analysis and educational methodology; (3) Publications on the situation of human rights in Central America; (4) Legal assistance to national commissions; (5) Research on legal aspects in the field of human rights in Central America; (6) Coordination of a regional information network on human rights.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 10 countries
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Subjects *

  • Peace
    • Rights

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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