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IACHR Calls for Participation in Ex Officio Hearing Concerning Chile

October 24, 2019

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called a public hearing on its own initiative (an ex officio hearing) to address “The situation of human rights in the context of social protests in Chile”. The hearing is scheduled to take place on November 11, 2019, between 5 and 6 pm local time, in Quito, Ecuador, where the IACHR is set to hold its 174th Period of Sessions November 8–14, 2019.

As of today, the Commission welcomes expressions of interest in taking part in this hearing. Any organizations who wish to be considered must register here and will need to fill out the form by October 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm (Washington, D.C. time). In keeping with 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 hearing.

The IACHR will announce at a later date the list of organizations summoned to take part in the hearing. Participants will need to cover any expenses they incur in. The IACHR invites any organizations and persons who are not summoned to take part in the hearing to submit, in writing, any documentation or information they deem relevant to the topic.

In keeping with Article 68 of the IACHR’s Rules of Procedure, all hearings will be public. Anyone interested may attend freely without prior registration, subject only to space restrictions in hearing rooms. All 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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