Protect Human Rights

Uruguay’s commitment to the protection of Human Rights is not only clearly reflected domestically by having it at the center of all public policies implemented by the government, but also has a very important external component evidenced in Uruguay’s active participation in the different fora of the international system devoted to promote and protect human rights.

In view of its long tradition in the defense of these principles, Uruguay has earned an important place in terms of promotion and protection of human rights, especially in the defense of the rights of women and children and in this respect, it is the co-facilitator of the Rights of the Child of the General Assembly. Besides, the country’s great activism in the defense of the rights of disabled people and senior citizens, among others, is also worth mentioning.

Uruguay’s voice is proactive and constructive with regards to the United Nations response to grave violations of human rights, such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Uruguay has been part of the United Nations Human Rights Council ever since its inception in 2006 and held its Presidency during the 2011-2012 period.

It has promoted the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and all the special procedures of the system in support of its important work and independence.

Uruguay promotes the strengthening and preservation of the provisions of International Humanitarian Law to ensure the full validity of the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, in order to defend the fast and uninterrupted access of humanitarian staff and ensure adequate conditions of safety for the fulfillment of their tasks.