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IACHR Releases Schedule and Call to Participate in the Public Hearings of the 175 Period of Sessions in Haiti

February 3, 2020

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) publishes the calendar of public hearings that will take place during its 175 Period of Sessions, to be held from March 2nd to 8th, 2020, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The hearings will be held on March 5th and 6th at the Karibe Hotel. The IACHR thanks the Haitian State for the invitation to hold a period of sessions in that country. The sessions outside headquarters extend the public presence of the Commission in the region, constitute an important approach to the victims and peoples for whom the Commission works, and allows a democratization of the access to the Inter-American Human Rights System.

The IACHR, at the request of the State of Bolivia, has decided to convene the public hearing: “Human rights violations in the electoral context in Bolivia” on Friday, March 6th. The Commission welcomes expressions of interest to take part in this hearing; pursuant to Article 66 of the IACHR’s Rules of Procedure, anyone interested must properly identify themselves and explain why they would like to take part in the hearings. Expressions of interest should be submitted via the system, for the hearing “Human rights violations in the electoral context in Bolivia”. The system will be available until 11:59 pm EST on February 9th, 2020. For the hearing: "Human rights violations in the electoral context in Bolivia", the IACHR will receive requests for participation from both civil society and States of the region. The IACHR will announce at a later date the list of organizations and persons summoned, who will need to cover any expenses they incur in to take part in the hearings. The IACHR invites any organizations, States and persons who are not summoned for this hearing to submit, in writing, any documentation or information they deem relevant to the topic of the hearing.

Pursuant to Article 68 of the IACHR’s Rules of Procedure, the hearing will be public. Anyone interested may attend freely without prior registration, subject only to space restrictions in the hearing room. Likewise, public hearings will be broadcast live, on the IACHR website.

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.

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