Human Rights in Puerto Rico: A Dialogue with Civil Society & Key Actors

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law hosted a conversation with leading activists, academics, and representatives of civil society organizations, who are in D.C. to participate in a historic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Representatives from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and from the Office of the Resident Commissioner have also been invited to participate. Puerto Rico is not an independent country nor a state of the United States. Its unique position often makes human rights violations in this island invisible to the international community. This hearing aims to bring those violations to light. Human rights topics to be discussed include: women’s rights, children’s rights (especially rights of children with disabilities and human trafficking), LGBTI rights, migrants' rights, and the death penalty.