Foreign Policy and Human Rights 



Emerging powers from the Global South are responsible for tipping the balance, potentially allowing human rights to acquire their due weight in international relations. New players, like Brazil, India and South Africa, have emerged with a special responsibility. Russia and China, two powers outside the Europe-US axis that both hold permanent seats and wield veto power in the United Nation Security Council, are not only promising actors, they are key parts in the majority of the dilemmas that the world faces today.

Conectas closely monitors and works to influence the foreign policy of the Brazilian State, to ensure the prevalence of human rights in relations with other countries, as the Constitution of 1988 itself determines. In coordination with partner organizations, it pursues the same commitment in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and in IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa). 

As tools, it uses the various different bodies of the UN, in particular the Human Rights Council, where the organization has had consultative status since 2006.

Increasingly, Conectas has encouraged its NGO partners in emerging democracies to work by themselves with their regional systems, namely the Inter-American Human Rights System of the Organization of American States (IAHRS/OAS) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, where Conectas has had observer status since 2009.

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    Slow procedure

    Organizations pressure Brazil to sign the optional protocol on economic, social and cultural rights

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  • July 19th, 2017

    Special procedures

    Organizations call for improvements to working methods of UN experts

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  • June 22nd, 2017

    Unfair charge

    Organizations call for exemption on document fees for vulnerable immigrants

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  • May 31st, 2017

    Strident diplomacy

    In response to harsh criticisms by the Foreign Ministry, Brazilian organizations rise to the defense of IACHR and OHCHR

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  • May 26th, 2017

    Social control

    To improve transparency, UN Committee on NGOs will start broadcasting meetings live

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  • May 25th, 2017

    Paradigm Shift

    New Immigration Law is signed, with 20 vetoes, by President Michel Temer

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