IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has published the calendar of public hearings and meetings with civil society that will take place as part of the 183rd Period of Sessions, to be held in a hybrid format (online and in-person) at the IACHR headquarters in Washington, DC, between March 7 and 18, 2022.
Between March 14 and 18, 20 public hearings will take place on human rights issues in OAS member countries and the Americas as a whole, 3 of which will concern cases processed by the IACHR.
In accordance with Article 68 of the IACHR's Rules of Procedure, all hearings shall be public and shall be streamed live via Zoom and the IACHR's official Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts. Accredited individuals and organizations requiring interpretation and closed captioning must sign up to attend the corresponding hearings via Zoom, links to which can be found in the calendar of hearings.
Two simultaneous meetings will be held on March 9, 2022 between 4:00 and 5:30 pm (EST), "The Human Rights Situation in the Caribbean" and "The Situation of Democratic Institutions and Judicial Independence in the Americas," which can be attended by organizations and/or individuals from civil society who have signed up in advance. The IACHR will also hold bilateral meetings with OAS member states with different regional blocs.
The IACHR will notify parties in due course regarding sign-in procedures and security guidelines for the public hearings, working meetings, and meetings with civil society to be held as part of the 183rd 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 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.