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HernAn Santa Cruz

1906-1999
Chile
Member of the Commission
on Human Rights


An educator and judge, Mr. Santa Cruz taught criminal and military procedures at various military academies and became a judge on Chile's Superior Military Court. A member of Chile's UN delegation, Mr. Santa Cruz supplied one of the initial drafts which was worked on by John Humphrey of Canada, Director in the UN Division of Human Rights. Mr. Santa Cruz, during the drafting stages, was vigilant in his defense of socio-economic rights and put forward persuasive arguments for their inclusion when North Atlantic nations sought to leave them out of the draft document. He was actively involved in the establishment of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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