Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

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Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro.

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (born 8 January 1944)[1] is a Brazilian diplomat and legal scholar.

Pinheiro was born in Rio de Janeiro. Within the United Nations System, he served as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry for Syria) [2]

He also served as United Nations Special Rapporteur for Burundi from 1995 to 1999,[1] and was a member of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.[3] In 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Pinheiro as an independent expert, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General, to prepare an in-depth study into the global phenomenon of violence against children,[3] which was presented to the General Assembly in 2006.[4]

Pinheiro is one of the seven commissioners of the Organization of American States's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, for the 2004-2011 period,[5] with special responsibility for the rights of children[6] Domestically, he served as federal Secretary of State for Human Rights under President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.[3]

Pinheiro has a long career in academia. He is a visiting professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies[7] Previously, he also held academic positions at the University of São Paulo, Oxford University, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.[3]


  1. ^ a b Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro - Membros da ONMC
  2. ^ Michele, Norris (2007-11-16), NPR  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d The Independent Expert: Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro | The United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children
  4. ^ About the Study|The United Nations Secretary General's Study on Violence Against Children
  5. ^ Staff of the IACHR
  6. ^ Press Release 8/05
  7. ^ Paulo Sergio Pinheiro's Curriculum Vitae