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IACHR Announces Calendar of Public Hearings for 178th Period of Sessions

November 20, 2020

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Washington.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published the calendar of public hearings that will take place as part of the 178th Period of Sessions, which will be held online from December 3 to 15, 2020. The hearings will take place from December 3 to 10, 2020.

During the 178th Session, the IACHR will be held meetings with civil society to receive information on the human rights situation in the countries of the region. The meetings will be held simultaneously, virtually, on Friday, December 11°, 2020, between 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM (EST). Organizations interested in participating in these meetings must register through this form (spanish  english) by November 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST).

The IACHR is also inviting members of the Organization of American States to take part in meetings to deepen the regional dialogue, which will take place on December 7, 2020.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 68 of the IACHR Regulations, all hearings will be public, and will be broadcast on the Zoom platform and through the IACHR's Facebook account. Accredited individuals and organizations and who requiring interpretation must register for the corresponding hearings, a link to which can be found in the hearing calendar.

The IACHR will also notify parties of sign-in procedures and security guidelines for the public hearings, working meetings, and other meetings that will be held as part of the 178th 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 on Human Rights is an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States whose principal functions are to promote the observance and defense of human rights and to serve as an advisory body to the Organization 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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