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CADAL's mission is inspired by the memory of the international solidarity received by human rights activists, victims of political persecution, relatives of detainees and disappeared, and independent journalists during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983).
Human rights activists in the military dictatorships of the Southern Cone -Argentina, Chile and Uruguay-, South Africa, and the communist regimes of Central and Eastern Europe recognize the democratic solidarity received from abroad as a source of fundamental political and moral support during those times of repression and political persecution.
More than half of the countries that are currently part of the UN are defective democracies and autocracies, the latter being cases where freedom of association, expression, assembly and the right to political participation for citizens are repressed.
CADAL assumes Václav Havel's vision as its own: "I know how important it is for a person to know that there are people out there who are not indifferent to his destiny".
We are part of the World Movement for Democracy (WMfD), the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), the KAS Latin American Think Tank Network and TrustLaw.
We are also registered as a Civil Society Organization with the Organization of American States (OAS). Currently, we carry out projects with Freemuse (Denmark), National Endowment for Democracy (United States), Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (United States), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Germany).
CADAL (in Spanish, Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina) is a private and non-partisan foundation, established in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires of the Argentine Republic.