Grantee name: Conectas Human Rights

Mission: Conectas Human Rights is an international non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, founded in São Paulo, Brazil in October 2001, with the following mission: to promote the realization of human rights and consolidation of the Rule of Law, especially in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Accordingly, Conectas develops programs that aim at strengthening activists and academics in the southern hemisphere and increasing their interaction with the United Nations and among them. In Brazil, and in the region, Conectas promotes strategic and public interest litigation.

Conectas was accorded Consultative Status with the UN in January 2006, and Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in May 2009.

The International Human Rights Colloquium is a capacity-building and peer-learning conference convened for a week each year.  A wide range of Global South activists, scholars, lawyers, and other interested parties gather to hear about the latest developments in the field, make connections with colleagues from around the world, and take away vital lessons from each other’s experience.

In the last 10 years, the Colloquium has played host to more than 600 attendees from over 40 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. More than 150 academics and resource people have served as presenters and contributors to the Colloquia, enriching the gatherings with a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Location: São Paulo, Brazil


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Channel Grants: Since 2010 Channel has made annual grants to support the participation of several women’s rights activists from the Global South and the inclusion of a gender specific perspective for the International Human Rights Colloquium organized by Conectas Human Rights in São Paulo, Brazil. (2010-2016)

In 2014, Channel funds were intended to help support the inclusion of women activists and a gender specific perspective in two of four regional meetings to be held in Africa and Latin America. The purpose of these meetings was to bring together a small group of diverse human rights defenders to discuss practical challenges and issues faced by the organizations in order to design a common agenda of action, first regionally, and then globally, in order to “Bring Human Rights Back to the Center.” (2014)

In 2013, the 13th Annual Colloquium (Oct. 12-19, 2013) will focus on "A New Global Human Rights Order? Actors, Challenges, and Opportunities." (2013)

In 2012, the 12th Annual Colloquium (Oct. 13-20, 2012) looked at "Human Rights Innovation: New Agenda, Strategies and Organizations?” (2012)

In 2011, the 11th Annual Colloquium (Nov. 5-12, 2011) focused on “Implementation at the National Level of the Decisions of the Regional and International Human Rights Systems.” (2011)

In 2010, the Colloquium focused on “Regional and International Human Rights Systems: Challenges for Civil Society Participation.” The annual event (Oct. 9-16, 2010) celebrated its 10th Anniversary and gathered 42 human rights activists from 28 countries in the Global South, besides 29 speakers and observers. (2010)