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Women and Human Rights: Luncheon with Ariela Peralta

Thursday 24th March 2016

11:00-12:30 PM in RJH Incubator Lab

TCU’s Discovering Global Citizenship will be hosting Ariela Peralta, a human rights expert from Uruguay (see bio below), during the week of March 21-March 25.   WGST will hold a luncheon-discussion on the topic of “Women and Human Rights” with Ms. Peralta on Thurs. Mar. 24 from 11-12:30 in the Incubator Lab, RJH.  Lunch will be provided thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Center for Public Education (directed by Fran Huckaby).

An invitation will come to you around the beginning of March, but I wanted to give you the advance notice now so you can mark your calendars and plan to attend.


Arielta Peralta Distefano is the Director of the Institucion Nacional de Derechos Humanos y Defensoria del Pueblo in Uruguay.


Academic Background

She completed her Masters in International Legal Studies ( LL.M in International Legal Studies ) majoring in International Protection of Human Rights at the Washington College of Law, American University (USA) and completed a specialization in Transitional Justice and Accountability under the Hubert H. Humphrey Program.  She also completed specializations on International Law of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, including International Law of Human Rights and Diplomacy in Geneva and Protection of Human Rights for Judges, lawyers and other legal practitioners in the Hague Academy of International Law and Dutch Institute for Human Rights.


Professional Background

Ariela Peralta was a human rights lawyer for Service of Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization that defends human rights in Montevideo, Uruguay. In her position as a lawyer and former Executive Secretary of Service of Paz and Justice of Latin America, she worked to protect the civil and political rights of those people who report human rights abuses, while also monitoring the penal system.


She has served as the Deputy Director General and Director for the Andean region, North America and the Caribbean Centre for Justice and International Law (CEJIL); National consultant in human rights and legislative policy of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and the IPU; collaborator in theCountry Programme of (UNDP); representative to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and Programme Officer for the Americas, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT); Executive Secretary of the Peace and Justice Service in Latin America (SERPAJ – AL) and member of the Program for Promotion and Defense of Civil and Political Rights SERPAJ Uruguay; attorney adviser in the Team Crossing the Alternative Program imprisonment Adolescent Life and Education organization.


She has co-authored several books and articles and participated as a speaker at seminars and meetings, national and international.


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Institucion Nacional de Derechos Humanos y Defensoria del Pueblo: