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IACHR Releases Schedule of Public Hearings for 171 Period of Sessions to be held in Sucre, Bolivia, and Calls for Participation in Hearing Ex Officio

January 7, 2019

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) publishes today the schedule of public hearings that will take place during its 171 Period of Sessions, to be held in Sucre, Bolivia, from 7 to 16 February, 2019. The sessions and hearings will be held at the Centro Internacional de Convenciones y Cultura, located in Zona Castillo de la Glorieta – Carretera Sucre –Potosí.

The IACHR convened a public hearing on its own initiative (ex officio): “Good Practices on Prevention, Investigation and Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Region” on Thursday, February 14. The Commission welcomes starting today expressions of interest in taking part of these hearings. Organizations who wish to be considered must register in this link, completing the request form no later than January 13, 2019, at 11:59pm (E.S.T.). Pursuant to Article 66 of the IACHR Rules of Procedure, the applicant shall submit contact details and the purpose of his/her participation.

The IACHR will announce at a later date the list of organizations and persons summoned, who will need to cover any expenses they incur in to take part in the hearings. The IACHR invites any organizations and persons who are not summoned for these hearings to submit, in writing, any documentation or information they deem relevant to the topic of the hearing.

Pursuant to Article 68 of the IACHR’s Rules of Procedure, the hearings will be public. Anyone interested may attend freely without prior registration, subject only to space restrictions in the hearing room.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

No. 002/19