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IACHR Announces Calendar of Public Hearings for 177th Period of Sessions and Issues Invitations to Meetings with States and Civil Society

September 16, 2020

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has announced the calendar of public hearings that will take place as part of the 177th Period of Sessions, which will be held online between September 28 and October 9, 2020. The hearings will take place from October 1 to 9, 2020.

The IACHR decided to convene a public hearing on the overall human rights situation in Bolivia on its own initiative (ex officio). This hearing will take place on October 8, from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM (EST).  

During the 177th Session, the IACHR will be held meetings with civil society to receive information on the human rights situation in the countries of the region. The meetings will be held simultaneously, virtually, on Monday, September 28, 2020, between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM (EST). Organizations interested in participating in these meetings must register through this form (Spanish and English) by September 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST).

The IACHR is also inviting members of the Organization of American States to take part in meetings to deepen the regional dialogue, which will take place on September 29, 2020.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 68 of the IACHR Regulations, all hearings will be public, and will be broadcast on the Zoom platform and through the IACHR's Facebook account. Accredited individuals and organizations requiring interpretation must register for the corresponding hearings, a link to which can be found in the hearing calendar.

The IACHR will also notify parties of sign-in procedures and security guidelines for the public hearings, working meetings, and other meetings that will be held as part of the 177th Period of Sessions.

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 on Human Rights is an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States whose principal functions are to promote the observance and defense of human rights and to serve as an advisory body to the Organization 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.

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