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.

Other News

  • October 24th, 2017

    Rampant conflict

    Organizations call for independent investigation of violations in Yemen

  • September 26th, 2017

    Civilians under attack

    Organizations appeal for measures to end repression against civilians in Myanmar

  • September 13th, 2017

    Immigration on the agenda

    Civil society presses Justice Secretary to convene meeting of immigration committee

  • September 11th, 2017

    External pressure

    Organizations demand position from UN Human Rights Council on crisis in Venezuela

  • September 05th, 2017

    Another step towards ratification

    Lower house committee approves text of Arms Trade Treaty

  • August 30th, 2017

    Closer to ratification

    Report submitted to Lower House Committee calls for ratification of Arms Trade Treaty

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