Brazil proposes cooperation with India’s rights body

October 16th, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Brazil has proposed joining hands with India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to build its own capacity in the area of human rights.A four-member delegation led by Brazil’s minister of human rights, Paulo Vannuchi, visited the commission Thursday. During talks with members of the commission, it expressed a keen desire to establish a permanent sharing of perception on human rights with the NHRC.

“In the international scenario, both countries - India and Brazil - have similar problems and challenges. It would be really helpful to establish some kind of relation on handling of human rights issues as well,” Vannuchi said.

He also showed interest in some of the training programmes that the commission has on handling human rights issues and said that training of representatives from Brazil could be one of the ways to develop cooperation between the two countries in this area.

He also offered to include human rights issues in the agenda of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) dialogue in October next year, and hold separate meetings with the NHRC and its special secretariat for human rights.

The IBSA dialogue forum represents three important poles for galvanising South-South cooperation and greater understanding among the three countries.

In response, G.P. Mathur, a member of the commission, said they would extend all possible help to Brazil on the issue.

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