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IACHR Announces 172nd Period of Sessions in Jamaica

February 15, 2019

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced that it will be holding its 172nd Period of Sessions from May 3 to 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, at the invitation of the Jamaican state. The IACHR wishes to thank Jamaican authorities for their invitation to hold the period of sessions in the country, which will help publicize the Inter-American Human Rights System and raise the IACHR’s public profile in the Caribbean.

The system for requesting hearings and working meetings for this 172nd Period of Sessions is open until 11:59 PM (EST) on March 6, 2019. Requests for hearings can be submitted by all OAS member states except Jamaica. You can access the system via the following links: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese.

“We are very grateful to the state of Jamaica for inviting us to hold the first IACHR Period of Sessions in a Caribbean country,” IACHR president Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño. “We have a special plan in place to raise awareness of the inter-American system in the Caribbean, and holding these sessions in Jamaica marks a major leap forward on this project,” she said.

The other sessions planned for 2019 are the 173rd Period of Sessions, which will take place from September 23 to October 2, 2019, at the IACHR headquarters in Washington, DC, and the 174th Period of Sessions, scheduled for November 6 to 14, 2019 in Ecuador. The dates on which the system for requesting hearings and working meetings for these sessions will be open will be announced in due course.

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.


* This press release was modified on February 26, 2019 to reflect a change in the dates of the 173 Period of Sessions.

* This press release was modified on April 17, 2019 to reflect a change in the dates of the 172 Period of Sessions.

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