The meeting took place in the Polesello Salon in the Saint Martin Palace. Those in attendance included representatives and collaborators from the Commision’s five member institutions. The Commission hosted special guest Rolando Ferrer, a lawyer and former political prisoner in Cuba.
The meeting’s discussion covered several topics: an update on the civil society organizations that make up the Commission and proposals to integrate other member institutions; the establishment of a monthly meeting schedule and a request for every member institution to establish a designated representative and an alternate; the adoption of an internal mechanism for adopting resolutions; and the setting of the next meeting’s agenda and the broader agenda for 2018.
The meeting’s participants included Leandro Querido (Electoral Transparency), Micaela Hierro (CICES), Guadalupe Neme (Cultura Democrática), Tomás Villar de Rohde and Juan Cruz Isetta (Scholl Institute), Gabriel Salvia, Sofía Frers, Ludmila González Cerulli, Melina Morales and Valentina d’Andria (CADAL), and Fernando Lorenzo (REIPS, Foreign Affairs Ministry).
The Commission for International Democratic Solidarity was established within the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Civil Society Advisory Council. The Commission’s objective is to advise the Argentinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on initiatives that will lead to a foreign policy that actively defends and advocates for political and civil liberties. The Commission’s founding was in part based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official statement that, “The advocacy for human rights constitutes a central axis to our foreign policy.