To promote and defend the reinforcement of human rights in Latin America.
To support the fight for national independence and sovereignty, and for economic, social and political changes intended to strengthen the democratic system which might ensure the comprehensive application of rights, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
To promote the dissemination and awareness of rights and guarantees enshrined in international human rights instruments.
To investigate, evaluate and act in cases of violation of individual rights, in accordance with its own statutes.
To promote reflection and activities on human rights in Latin America. Priority issues: Social sciences; defence of human rights.
Coordinates with other organizations to avoid duplication of effort. Organizes conferences and seminars.