N° 10/09




Washington, D.C., March 10, 2009 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the schedule of hearings for its 134th period of sessions, which will take place March 16-27, 2009. The hearings will be held March 20-24 in the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS), at 1889 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006.


Audio recordings of all public hearings will be posted on the Commission’s Web site ( During the sessions, the hearings held in Room A, which will be the Padilha Vidal Room on the TL Level of the building, will be webcast live on the OAS site ( The videos of those hearings will also be posted on the Web sites of both the OAS and the Commission. Those interested may request high-quality copies of the recordings.


Private hearings will not be webcast, nor will video or audio recordings be available, and no members of the public or the press will be allowed to enter.


Anyone interested in attending the public hearings may do so, and no advance registration is required. Journalists do not need any special accreditation.


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 the mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.




Schedule of Hearings for 134th Period of Sessions

IACHR Press Office

Guidelines for Press Coverage of Public Hearings

Page of Videos and Audio Recordings of Public Hearings

IACHR Home page


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