Mr. Aurel Braun, Chair of the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eduardo Benjamin Colindres Schonenberg to the Board, where he will sit as an international member.
“We are both proud and delighted to welcome a member of such wisdom and integrity to join us on the Board of Directors,” Board Chair Aurel Braun said. “Mr. Colindres endured much personal hardship, including threats and incarceration, in his long struggle to bring human rights and democracy to El Salvador. From both within government and without, he has always sought peaceful ends to situations of conflict. His contributions will undoubtedly be of tremendous benefit to the Centre, and help us fulfill our mission of promoting a more just and democratic world.”
A Salvadoran citizen, Mr. Colindres graduated in Law from the University of El Salvador and has a doctorate in history from the University of Paris. He also has a Master in Economics and a degree in sociology.
From 2001 to 2010 he worked with the organization NDI (National Democratic Institute) as a consultant in Haiti and as national coordinator of a development program for political parties in Washington. He has participated in many missions abroad, notably in Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania. He was also a professor at the University of Salvador, an external consultant for UNICEF.
In 1992 he was elected magistrate to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Supremo Tribunal Electoral) of El Salvador, created following the Peace Treaty ending the country’s civil war in, a post he held until 1998. He was also appointed alternate to the Central American Parliament between 1991 and 1996. Previously, he served as Minister of Education and worked with several ministries in El Salvador following the 1980 revolution.
Mr. Colindres has always fought peacefully for democracy in his country the rights of his fellow citizens. He was imprisoned and threatened, but never gave up his struggle. Fittingly, he participated in the negotiations that ended the civil war in El Salvador. He has published extensively on these subjects.
“Mr. Colindres’s wealth of knowledge and experience in promoting democracy and defending human rights, which he acquired both personally and professionally, will be for us an invaluable source of expertise and inspiration,” added Rights & Democracy President Gérard Latulippe. “We are truly fortunate to welcome such a distinguished individual to join our Board as an international member.”
The Board of Directors is Rights & Democracy’s governing body and is made up of 13 members. Ten of its members, including the Chair of the Board, its Vice-Chair, and the President of the Centre, are appointed by the Governor in Council of Canada (the Governor General acting on the advice of the federal cabinet) and must be Canadian citizens. The three remaining members, known as international members, are elected by the other members of the Board and may hail from any part of the world.