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Who is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Álvarez Gil?

Who is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Álvarez Gil?

August 17, 2020
Source: Newsletter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic

During the recent electoral campaign, he served as Director of International Policy in the Cabinet of the now constitutional president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona.

Álvarez Gil has a doctorate in law from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and completed master's degrees in International Relations and Comparative Legislation at Johns Hopkins University, United States.

Afterward, he completed Master's degrees in International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and in Comparative Law at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

He served in the Dominican foreign service, working on roles such as attorney for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), first as Deputy Director of Protocol, then in the legal department and then in the Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

As the Commission's main specialist, he prepared the draft reports on human rights in Chile, Paraguay, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, and also organized the IACHR's on-site visits to Panama, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

He is a renowned international policy analyst and author of various publications on human rights and international law. He was coordinator of the civic movement Participación Ciudadana.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Álvarez Gil was one of the specialists who in 1979 visited Argentina as part of the IACHR that was investigating the regime established in that country in 1976, characterized by the kidnapping and disappearance of the victims of the political the repression, their detention in clandestine centers of torture and murder.

He has served on the Subcommittee on Cooperation for Development Policies of the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) and on the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council (CAJP).

From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of the Advisory Commission of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with the rank of Honorary Ambassador. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In addition, he has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Coordinator of the First Forum on Private Investment in the Americas, Washington, DC., USA; of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD).

At the Ford Foundation, he participated in matters related to the promotion of business, the strengthening of the administration of justice and the rule of law, and the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as an official delegate of Amnesty International in missions to Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.

He is the author of several books, monographs and articles on human rights and international affairs. He has been a columnist for several Dominican newspapers and magazines.

The high official promised that in his role as Foreign Minister of the Republic he will fight for the renewal and strengthening of institutions and democracy in the country.


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