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First IACHR hearing on the death penalty

First IACHR hearing on the death penalty

Published on October 9, 2012
During its 147th session, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will be convene a hearing titled “The Death Penalty in the Americas” on Monday, March 11 at 4:30 P.M.

For the first time in the IACHR’s history, it will hold a hearing on the death penalty in the Western hemisphere at the behest of four members of the Organization of American States (OAS): Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama.

By means of this hearing, the member states would like to progressively place the topic of the death penalty on the agenda of the OAS and its specialized bodies. The hearing is a first step toward examining the issue, in one form or another, during the organization’s next General Assembly in June.

This hearing reflects the regional and international momentum to abolish the death penalty. The IACHR recently issued a report on the death penalty in the Americas, and on the 10th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the OAS, IACHR and France’s Permanent Mission to the OAS held a round table: “How much longer until the universal abolition of the death penalty?” The UN General-Assembly also adopted a resolution in December 2012 to institute a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty.

France’s Permanent Mission to the OAS will attend the hearing as an observer.

Practical Information

The hearing is open to the public; no reservations required.
Date: Monday, March 11
Time: 4:30
Place: Salon Rubén Darío
Organization of American States
1889 F Street, NW
_ Washington, DC

Webcast: the hearing will be rebroadcast on the IACHR website:

Related articles :

- Statement on the forthcoming abolition of the death penalty in Maryland. (March 18, 2013)
- France Re-Initiates Death Penalty Abolition Campaign (October 10, 2012)

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