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When the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) gets under way next week, members of the Barbadian public will be afforded a prime opportunity to witness the proceedings of an international human rights court, especially one to which this country is party and its citizens have access.

During the public hearing on Tuesday, October 11, persons will observe the ICHR adjudicate and adoption case, which the alleged victim has brought against the Republic of Argentina. ??The case will raise issues of international law (state responsibility), family law (adoption/legal guardianship) and human rights laws, specifically human rights provisions in the American Convention.

The hearing will take place in two segments at the Supreme Court, White Park Road.?? The morning segment begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m.?? There will be a lunch break from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.?? The afternoon segment commences at 3:00 and runs until 6:00 p.m.

The proceedings will be in Spanish, but will be translated in English for the benefit of those present.

Although the hearings will be open to the public, the usual rules of court etiquette will apply. That means individuals are prohibited from wearing jeans, spaghetti straps or strapless tops, short skirts and low-cut or arm-hole blouses.?? No photography will be allowed. Persons will also be subjected to security scanning.??


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