Relevant Information on Hearings

Attendance by the Public and the Press

Representatives of the press and the general public may attend the public hearings without having to register beforehand. OAS security staff will register people when they come into the building. This process can take time, so we recommend that you arrive with plenty of time to spare.

Rules of Conduct

Cell phones must be turned off or silenced before you enter a hearing room. Please speak only in a low voice in the hallways outside the rooms where the hearings are taking place. If you arrive after a hearing has started, please enter quietly so as not to interrupt the proceedings.

Private Hearings

Both the petitioners and the State have the right to ask that a hearing be private; this may even be done at the beginning of the hearing , since the rules of procedure do not specify the time frame for such a request. When a hearing is private, there is no webcast and no available audio or video recording, and neither the public nor the press is allowed to enter.

Live Transmission (Webcast)

The public hearings of the Commission are transmitted live via the IACHR website. Media outlets, organizations, and institutions that would like to rebroadcast the hearings are authorized to do so, giving credit to the OAS. For technical information about this service, please contact Ernesto Cossich.

Webcast Languages

Four channels are transmitted in each room. One channel always broadcasts the “floor” language, meaning that those being heard are the participants (not the interpreters). The participants may use different languages during the course of a hearing. Generally, one channel is also transmitted in Spanish and another in English; the fourth is used when there is interpretation into French or Portuguese. Subsequent to the hearings, the videos are made available only with the “floor” audio.

Embedding on External Websites

External websites are authorized to embed the live broadcast into their own sites. For the code needed to embed the broadcast, please contact Ernesto Cossich.

Copies of Videos

If you would like a high-quality copy of the video of a public hearing, please bring an external hard disk or flash drive (USB or flash memory) with a minimum 8-gigabyte capacity. (Space needs increase if copies of more hearings are needed.) After the hearing ends, you may approach the webcast table (located inside the room where the particular hearing took place) and ask for the video to be copied onto the memory device you provide. The copy will be made at that time. The audio of this video will be that of the “floor” channel; in other words, the voices of the participants (never the interpreters) will be heard, in whatever language they were speaking..

Videos on Demand

The videos of the hearings will be available for later viewing on demand. You can access them via YouTube, the IACHR multimedia page, or one of the hearing search pages, where searches can be done by topicor by session or by using the advanced search tool.


The IACHR offers photos of the public hearings through its Flickr site, the IACHR hearings page, and the multimedia page. Members of the media and any other interested parties are authorized to reproduce the photos, giving credit to the OAS.


Audio recordings of all public hearings will be available on the IACHR website the same day of the hearing. Radio stations, websites, and any other interested parties are authorized to use them, with credit given to the OAS.


Members of the press are not required to obtain prior accreditation in order to cover the public hearings. However, they need to register with OAS security staff to be able to enter the building. Journalists are allowed to enter the hearings and to use recording devices and laptops, as long as these do not interfere with the normal proceedings. Cell phones must be turned off or silenced upon entering the hearing room.

Cameras and TV

TV stations and other interested individuals or institutions may film the hearings, as long as the filming does not interrupt or disturb the proceedings. Camera operators must bring any equipment they need, including XLR cables that are several yards long to connect to the audio console.

   Contacto Info

María Isabel Rivero

IACHR Press and Communication Office

Ernesto Cossich
OAS Webcast Administrator/DCMM
Office (202) 458-3630
Cell Phone (202) 904-3951

The country code for the US is 1

   Public Nature of Hearings

Hearings shall be public. When warranted by exceptional circumstances, the Commission, at its own initiative or at the request of an interested party, may hold private hearings and shall decide who may attend them. This decision pertains exclusively to the Commission, which shall notify the parties in this regard prior to the beginning of the hearing, either orally or in writing. Even in these cases, the minutes shall be prepared in the terms set forth in Article 70 of these Rules of Procedure.

Article 68 of the Rules of Procedure of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights