The Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL) was founded in 1976, following the coups d'état in Argentina and Chile, known for their strong repression and human rights violations, by four pastors and priests of Christian churches in Montreal who, within their respective faith, had a function in relation to international problems.
The CDHAL owes its birth to two concerns: first, a concern of Christians to educate and inform the Church and the Quebec population in relation to situations of political repression and human rights violations in Latin America; on the other hand, a desire to establish genuine solidarity among the churches there and those here. Initially, members of CDHAL belonged to a religious affiliation. However, for over 20 years, the composition of CDHAL, as well as his work is totally free of any religious affiliation. CDHAL is also known as the Christian Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CCDHAL).