Frank La Rue

Guatemala  |  Advocacy and Human Rights Director, Fundamedios

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

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Frank La Rue is the Advocacy and Human Rights Director at Fundamedios. He is the former director for the RFK Center for Human Rights Europe, and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008. 

La Rue has a long history as a human rights defender in Guatemala, focusing his work particularly toward vulnerable groups such as children, youth, women and indigenous people. In 2003, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for this work. He served as a human rights lawyer in cases presented to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and the Inter-American Human Rights Court, and lobbied before the United Nations System on Human Rights. At present, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the DEMOS Institute, an NGO that works on the promotion of democratic values and provides support to the participation of youth, women and indigenous peoples in Guatemala, and a member of the Google Advisory Council. La Rue was granted a Pioneer Award in 2014 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

La Rue graduated with a law degree from the San Carlos University of Guatemala, and has studied U.S. Foreign Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., and Conflict Resolution at Eastern Mennonite University.

La Rue was an event speaker at the Dialogue.


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