Mr. Frank La Rue
Special Representative on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Frank La Rue is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression since August 2008.
He is mandated to gather and to respond to information relating to violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expression worldwide.
Mr. La Rue has worked on human rights for the past 25 years. He is the founder of the Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH), both in Washington DC and Guatemala, which became the first Guatemalan NGO to bring cases of human rights violations to the Inter-American System. CALDH was also the first Guatemalan NGO to promote economic, social and cultural rights. La Rue also brought the first genocide case against the military dictatorship in Guatemala. As a human rights activist, his name was presented to the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2004.
Mr. La Rue has previously served as a Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala, as a Human Rights Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, as President of the Governing Board of the Centro-American Institute of Social Democracy Studies and as a consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mr. La Rue holds a BA in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala and a postgraduate degree in U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University.