The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) was created in 1980 under an agreement between the Inter-American Court and the Republic of Costa Rica as an international and autonomous academic institution for the teaching, research and promotion of human rights.
The IIHR facilitates dialogue between the different actors of the human rights movement and State authorities. It does not denounce violations of human rights, nor does it present formal petitions or give its opinion on the non-compliance of the international obligations of States.
The essential issues set out in GAAMAC´s Founding Document align closely with the IIHR’s views on the prevention human rights violations, in particular the notion that all States have a primary responsibility to protect their populations from atrocity crimes, and that no State is immune from the risks of mass atrocities.
As a partner of GAAMAC, the IIHR believes it could both benefit from and contribute to its platform for knowledge exchange and dialogue on best practices. It also welcomes the opportunity to offer expertise and assistance to the network, particularly on the Inter-American human rights standards.