Alfredo Vázquez Carrizosa, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Alfredo Vázquez Carrizosa

Colombian lawyer

Date of Birth: 09-Feb-1909

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Death: 18-Dec-2001

Profession: lawyer, politician, diplomat, human rights activist

Nationality: Colombia

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Alfredo Vázquez Carrizosa

  • Alfredo Vazquez Carrizosa (9 February 1909 – 19 December 2001) was a Colombian lawyer, politician and diplomat, born in Chía, Cundinamarca.
  • He was the foreign minister of Colombia from 1970 to 1974. Carrizosa was the son of General Alfredo Vasquez Cobo, the Conservative Party's candidate for President of the Republic in 1930.
  • He did his secondary and higher education in Belgium and graduated as a lawyer at the Catholic University of Leuven.
  • He was linked during the decade from 1930 to the International Labour Organization, becoming the Colombian delegate during World War II, when its offices were relocated to Canada. On his return to Colombia, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Cundinamarca, but steered clear of the Conservative Party's internal divisions.
  • He was uninvolved, therefore, in the coup d'état of 1953.
  • From 1958, during the reign of the National Front, Carrizosa continued his diplomatic career as Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United Nations and the Organization of American States, until he attained the post of foreign minister in 1970. After leaving the Foreign Ministry, Carrizosa devoted himself entirely to the cause of human rights, founding (and, from 1979, chairing) the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.
  • In 1991, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly of Colombia, representing the leftist movement Patriotic Union as its oldest constituent.
  • He died in Bogotá on December 19, 2001.
  • Noam Chomsky counts himself as among his admirers.

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