Press Release

IACHR and IA Court Announce Agenda and Invite People to Sign Up for the Third Inter-American Human Rights System Forum

October 21, 2019

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IA Court) have announced the agenda for the Third Inter-American System of Human Rights (IASHR) Forum, which will be held on November 6 and 7, 2019, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito, as part of the 174th IACHR Period of Sessions.

On this occasion, the forum will be organized under the auspices of the Office of the Attorney General of Ecuador. The IASHR Forum will focus on the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the 40th anniversary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and will reflect on the historical impact of the two bodies and the current and future challenges facing the region.

Furthermore, given how important the IACHR thinks it is to promote spaces for constructive dialogue between states, civil society, international organizations, universities, social organizations, and trade unions and labor organizations, the general public is also included in the invitation to take part in the III Inter-American System of Human Rights Forum. As was the case the previous times the forum was held, there will be parallel events run by civil society organizations who put forward proposals and were selected. These events will include activities in a range of formats such as workshops, conversations, round tables, expert consultations, etc.

The IACHR is delighted to invite anyone interested in taking part in the 3rd IASHR Forum to sign up for it through the following link. The registration system will be open until November 1, 2019, and it is not possible to sign up to take part in events that are taking place on the same day at the same time, so we recommend that participants review the agenda carefully before signing up.

The IASHR Forum is an independent event and the cost of taking part must be covered by attendees or the organizations running these parallel events.

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.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) is an autonomous judicial institution whose objective is to apply and interpret the American Convention. The Inter-American Court consists of seven judges, elected in their individual capacity from among jurists of the highest moral authority and of recognized competence in the field of human rights. Member states are obliged to comply with their rulings.

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