Latin America

Since the early 2000s, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute has been involved in human rights cooperation in Latin America. This has included cooperation with institutions in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica Cuba, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as cooperation on regional and sub-regional level.

Our cooperation in Latin America has primarily concerned work with justice sector institutions, armed forces, national human rights institutions, civil society organisations, independent human rights institutes, and academic institutions.

We have carried out activities both in Sweden and as well as in locations in Latin America. Our cooperation partners have, in particular, included the United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) and the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH).

Through our cooperation in the region, we have addressed several key human rights issues. These include human rights and penitentiary systems, gender equality, human rights and conflict management, indigenous peoples’ rights, and the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights. The work has led to increased capacity in concerned sectors and organisations and institutions to further human rights in these areas.

Currently, we are engaged in a cooperation project in Cuba focusing on developing capacities regarding clinical legal education as a means to increase access to justice. The initiative is part of the International Legal Assistance Consortium’s (ILAC) Cuba Programme, which is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.

If you wish to learn more about our work in Latin America, please contact:

Amelie Sällfors

Amelie Sällfors

(On leave) Deputy Director of Programmes

Phone: + 46 46 222 12 32

Amelie holds both a Swedish LL.M and a Master in International Human Rights Law from Lund University. She has been working as a Programme Officer at RWI since 2005. Before joining RWI, she worked at UNHCR in Nairobi, Kenya, the Swedish Migration Board in Malmö, Sweden, and at the European Council for Refugees and Exiles, in London, UK.

At RWI Amelie has primarily been working with academic cooperation programmes in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. She is currently working with capacity development cooperation with universities in Belarus. She has also been involved with developing methodologies on Monitoring and Evaluation as well as on Human Rights Education within the Department.