Date: 02 Mar 2009 BOGOTÁ — The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is based in Geneva, announces the appointment of Mr. Christian Salazar Volkmann, a German citizen, as his Representative in Colombia. Mr. Salazar Volkmann was selected through the standard United Nations recruitment process and will start functions on 2 March 2009.
Mr. Salazar Volkmann brings to this position proven commitment to the work of human rights, through his work in Guatemala, Vietnam and Iran, as well as strong skills in interagency coordination, programming and management. Mr. Salazar Volkmann has worked with UNICEF and the German Society for Technical Cooperation GTZ. He has consistently supported the rights of the child and the prevention of juvenile executions and has researched, extensively applied, and trained on human rights based approach to programming.
In Guatemala, he provided technical advice to the Human Rights Office of the Archdioceses of Guatemala, to the Truth Commissions of Guatemala and to the Inter-American Court for Human Rights on gross violations of children’s rights on behalf of UNICEF and GTZ. Furthermore he was responsible for a variety of programmes related to peace building, peace education, legal reform and alliances of child rights defenders.
Mr. Salazar Volkmann holds a masters’ degree in communication sciences, philosophy and economics as well as a PhD in political sciences. He has published extensively, in several languages, on issues related to juvenile justice, social policy, equity, governance, human rights and civil society and coordinated the elaboration of numerous thematic reports on children’s rights. In recent publications, he promotes intercultural dialogue on child rights, women’s rights and juvenile justice in Islam.