On 11 February in San José, Costa Rica, the local Section of WILPF, the Spanish Association for International Law of Human Rights, and the Interamerican Institute of Human Rights organised a symposium of civil society for the human right to peace, marking significant steps towards its recognition.
A Worldwide Campaign
Local and international members of civil society gathered in the Interamerican Institute of Human Rights to approve the San José Statement on the Human Right to Peace (San José III), born thanks to the efforts of hundreds of NGOs campaigning for the recognition of the right to peace worldwide.
The statement celebrates the advocacy work done so far and encourages the Open Ended Working Group on the Right to Peace to take this work into account when presenting the draft of a UN Declaration on the Right to Peace in their second session. Civil society has pushed for the right to peace for minorities, indigenous peoples and collectives to be included in the draft.
At its first meeting, on 18 February 2013, the Open Ended Working Group on the Right to Peace elected Christian Guillermet, Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva, as its Chairperson-Rapporteur. Therefore, Costa Rica has been one of the most active protagonists of this campaign.
Steps Forward for the Right to Peace
The movement for the recognition of the right to peace has been propelled predominantly by organizations throughout the world, proving that civil society can have a say in international agenda.
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