Press Release

IACHR Announces Schedule of Hearings for 149 Sessions

October 21, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the schedule of hearings for the 149th Period of Sessions, which will be held from October 24 to November 8, 2013. The hearings will take place October 28th, 29th and 31th, and on November 1st. All hearings will take place in the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS), 1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The OAS will transmit all the public hearings live via webcast. The videos of these hearings will subsequently be posted on the IACHR Youtube Channel, and links will be available on the IACHR Website. The audio of these videos is the recording of the floor, so the presentations are recorded in the language used by each participant. Those who would prefer to have a high-resolution copy of a hearing’s video should bring their own flash drive or external drive. Details about these services can be found in the Commission's guidelines for press coverage of public hearings

In the case of private hearings, no webcast or audio or video recordings will be available, and no members of the public or the press will be allowed to enter.

Members of the public who are interested may attend public hearings without having to register ahead of time. Journalists do not need any special accreditation. The IACHR does not make minutes or transcripts of the hearings public.

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.

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