??Senator, Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, converses with (left to right) Justice Diego Garcia Sayan, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Chief Justice of Barbados, Marson Gibson and Justice Margarette May Macaulay; today at a luncheon at the Supreme Court Complex, St. Michael. (A.Miller/BGIS)

Barbados has welcomed the idea of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) 44th Extraordinary Period of Sessions being held on its shores for the first time.??

In a courtesy call at the Office of the Attorney General, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and the Attorney General, Adriel Braithwaite, acknowledged this as they met with an IACHR delegation which comprised six judges.??

Minister McClean told the delegation she supported the idea of the Court sitting in Barbados for what she deemed a "historic moment".?? She lauded the efforts of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in bringing the hemispheres together and added it represented an important step towards building more collaborative and cooperative relationships.

The Foreign Affairs said she believed the hosting of the 44th session gave Barbadians, CARICOM nationals, legal practitioners, students and interested parties the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the work of the international court.??

This session is the first to be held in a CARICOM Member State and an English-speaking country.?? The other sessions were previously held in Latin American countries such as Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru.

President of the IACHR, Judge Diego Garc??a-Say??n, stated one of the objectives of the session was to raise the awareness of the Court and its work within the host country.??

The President, on behalf of the IACHR delegation, presented the Ministers with a plaque and, in turn, was presented with a gift from the Government and people of Barbados.


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