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IACHR Seeks to Hold Period of Sessions this Year

September 26, 2016

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Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is invested in making all efforts within its reach in order to be able to hold a Period of Sessions in the second semester of this year. In case talks currently being held end successfully, the IACHR will be able to hold a Period of Sessions from November 28 to December 7, 2016. Due to the current financial situation, the Inter-American Commission is not in a position to announce yet whether this sessions would take place in its headquarters or in a Member State of the Organization of American States (OAS).

In case that a Period of Session is held, public hearings would take place during the mornings of December 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7, 2016. In addition, working meetings would take place in the afternoon of December 2 and 5, 2016. The IACHR calls on all interested parties to present requests for hearings through the system available on the IACHR Website. The system is open from Monday, September 26, at 09:00 am to midnight on Monday, October 10, 2016. In both cases the time is local in Washington D.C. – Standard Eastern Time in the United States.

The IACHR respectfully requests all interested parties to refrain from buying tickets, requesting visas or start any paperwork to attend hearings until it is possible to formally announce the place and country where the sessions would take place.

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 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. 137/16