The National Coordinator of Human Rights (CNDDHH) is a coalition of civil society organizations that work in the defense, promotion and education of human rights in Peru.
Since its establishment in 1985, the CNDDHH has become the first benchmark institution in Latin America that brings together a group of human rights organizations in a country. Currently, the National Human Rights Coordinator has a Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is accredited to participate in the activities of the Organization of American States (OAS).
In 1985, a group of human rights organizations formed the “Mártires de Uchuraccay” (Martyrs of Uchuraccay) Solidarity Committee. They sought the clarification on the murder of nine journalists in that Ayacucho community. This Committee is the antecedent of the CNDDHH (see more).
The General Assembly is the main body that integrates the member organizations of the CNDDHH. It meets every two years to evaluate the progress of the institution, defines the human rights agenda, approves the incorporation of new members, as well as the exclusion of members who have violated the principles and statutes of the CNDDHH. The General Assembly elects the National Board of Directors.
It is the political direction board consisting of 15 institutions and the Executive Secretariat of the CNDDHH. The CDN approves the Annual Operational Plan, the creation of Work Groups and Working Roundtables, as well as appoints or ratifies the Executive Secretary.
It is the political advisory team of the Executive Secretariat and is made up of members of the National Directive Council (CDN).
The Executive Secretariat is the spokesperson and interlocutor of the CNDDHH with the government, as well with supranational institutions such as the Organization of American States and the United Nations. It has a work team that implements the agreements of the National Assembly and the National Directive Council. It develops activities that need to be carried out jointly with the member organizations to have greater effectiveness and impact, such as national campaigns and the human rights agenda. The Executive Secretariat coordinates the Work Groups and Working Roundtables, records and processes the data it receives from member institutions for the preparation of the Annual Report.
The working groups are formed by representatives of the member organizations. They reflect, analyze and develop plans and projects to carry out collective work. It also promotes spaces that invite various organizations to discuss issues that go beyond those related to civil and political rights.