THE CIPDH-UNESCO CARRIED OUT THE FIFTH MISSION OF THE COOPERATION PROJECT WITH THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF TRUTH, JUSTICE AND REPARATION (DGVJR) OF PARAGUAY. DURING THREE DAYS, FROM DECEMBER 12TH TO 14TH, 2018, THE CIPDH-UNESCO PARTICIPATED IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND WORKING SESSIONS WITH PUBLIC ENTITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS.

The Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR) of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides cooperation among countries through an executing agency, and enables the exchange of knowledge and experiences by establishing association, collaboration and mutual support mechanisms. The CIPDH, as executing agency of the project “Strengthening of the Memory, Truth and Justice process of the Directorate General of Truth, justice and Reparation of Paraguay – Obudsman’s Office” leads the process, which is based on three core topics: Memory Sites, Archives and Justice.

The mission carried out recently, focused on Justice, encouraged the exchange among organizations and helped to promote several initiatives, such as the creation of an inter-institutional table to speed up claims, the promotion of leading cases and the mapping of crimes against humanity.

In order to delve into these initiatives, the CIPDH-UNESCO has included Mr. Pablo Vassel, an expert in Justice issues, and Ms. Mirta López González, an expert in gender issues, to cooperate with this work team.

The Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR) of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides cooperation among countries through an executing agency, and enables the exchange of knowledge and experiences by establishing association, collaboration and mutual support mechanisms. The CIPDH, as executing agency of the project “Strengthening of the Memory, Truth and Justice process of the Directorate General of Truth, justice and Reparation of Paraguay – Obudsman’s Office” leads the process, which is based on three core topics: Memory Sites, Archives and Justice.

The mission carried out recently, focused on Justice, encouraged the exchange among organizations and helped to promote several initiatives, such as the creation of an inter-institutional table to speed up claims, the promotion of leading cases and the mapping of crimes against humanity.

In order to delve into these initiatives, the CIPDH-UNESCO has included Mr. Pablo Vassel, an expert in Justice issues, and Ms. Mirta López González, an expert in gender issues, to cooperate with this work team.

One of the CIPDH-UNESCO’s undertakings was to promote the inclusion of gender issues and perspectives in different activities and practices carried out in the context of the agreement, particularly taking into account discrimination and the stereotypes that have historically affected women. Thus, leading cases on the matter contribute to promote actions related to sexual crimes committed by agents of the Paraguayan dictatorship, particularly against girls and adolescents for sexual slavery purposes. In this context, a meeting and interviews were held with the victims to complete the report that was submitted by the DGVJR to Public Prosecutor’s Office number 1, which specializes in Human Rights offences and is led by Mr. Santiago González Bibolini.

Finally, the CIPDH-UNESCO participated in three activities on the memory of the last dictatorship period. The first one was the signage and approval as Historical and Awareness Site of “La Técnica” (where the former National Directorate of Technical Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, specialized in interrogations and torture of political dissidents, operated during the last dictatorship). The second was the film debate and screening of the documentary “Calle de Silencio” at the Argentine Embassy, a short film about sexual slavery during Stroessner’s regime, that concluded with a tribute to Mr. Rogelio Goiburú, Director of Reparation and Historical Memory of the Ministry of Justice, for his search for and identification of victims of enforced disappearance. Finally, the delegation was part of the reopening of the Ombudsman’s Main Office in the Republic of Paraguay and the new name given thereto: “Human Rights and Memory Building”.