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Paulo Abrão

Paulo Abrão

Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Paulo Abrão is the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) since August 16, 2016. A Brazilian national, he has a PhD in Law, he is a law professor in Brazil and Spain, he was the Executive Secretary of the Institute for Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR and Chairman of Brasil’s Amnesty Commission, in charge of the policies on reparations and memory for the victims of the dictatorship. In the past he was Brazil’s Secretary of Justice, he was Chairman of the National Committee for Refugees and of the National Committee against Human Trafficking.  He has worked in the academic, non-governmental, governmental and international areas, coordinating plural and diverse working teams.