IACHR hearings and public events: October 19-23

Next week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will hold its 156 period of sessions, including three hearings on October 22 focused on Guatemala: Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Guatemala; Reports of Criminalization of Human Rights Defenders and Justice Operators in Guatemala; and Human Rights Situation of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of the Activities of the Palm Oil Industry of Guatemala. Click here for a full schedule as well as times and locations for each hearing.

There will also be numerous opportunities to attend public events and hear from human rights defenders from Central America:

*GHRC-Sponsored Events*

PUBLIC EVENT: THE RIGHT TO DECIDE – STORIES FROM LATIN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Panelists from Guatemala and El Salvador will discuss the recent struggles of communities in both countries in defense of their land, water and livelihoods that are threatened by mining.

Time and Date: Tuesday, October 20 | 1-2 PM EST
Location: Oxfam America, DC, 1101 17th St NW 1300 Washington, DC 20036

PUBLIC EVENT: “CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS”
Representatives from civil society organizations from Honduras and Guatemala will discuss the situation of corruption and human rights in both countries. The event will be in Spanish, and a live stream will be available here: http://ustre.am/1iq8N.

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Time and Date: Tuesday, October 20 | 7 PM EST
Location: CEJIL, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 2009


-Monday, October 19-

FILM: “Resistencia: The Fight for The Aguan Valley”
DC Premiere of a groundbreaking documentary with the filmmaker in attendance about the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras sparking a landless farmers’ movement that took control of the plantations. Cost: $10. More information.

Time and Date: Monday, October 19 | 7-9 PM EST
Location: West End Cinema, 2301 M Street NW, Washington, DC


-Tuesday, October 20-

BRIEFING: CORRUPTION, IMPUNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONDURAS
As corruption scandals continue to erupt in Honduras—including confirmed evidence that millions were siphoned off from the national health service to fund the ruling party’s and the president’s election fund—Hondurans across the political spectrum are demanding an independent, UN-sponsored Commission on Impunity, like the successful CICIG in Guatemala.

Time and Date: Tuesday, October 20 | 2-3 PM EST
Location: 122 Cannon HOB


-Wednesday, October 21-

PUBLIC EVENT: THE IMPACT OF DRUG POLICY ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AMERICAS

RSVP here.

Time and Date: Wednesday, October 21 | 12:30 – 2 PM EST
Location: Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009

WOLA IACHR RECEPTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
An opportunity to meet and honor human rights defenders from Latin America.
More information and RSVP here.

Time and Date: Wednesday, October 21 | 5:30 – 7 PM EST
Location:
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009


-Thursday, October 22-

THE BRAZIL PLAN OF ACTION: CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES OF CIVIL SOCIETY
More information here. RSVP with Perri Ravon at pravon@cejil.org.

Time and Date: Thursday, October 22 | 12:15-2 PM EST
Location: CEJIL, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 2009

GUATEMALA-THEMED HEARINGS AT THE IACHR
More information here
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Time and Date: Thursday, October 22 | 4-7:15 PM EST (various sessions)
Location:
Organization of American States, 1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 (Padilha Vidal room)

FILM SCREENING: IXCANUL
This movie, made by Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, tells the story of a young indigenous woman who does not want to live in the modern world, until it saves her life during a pregnancy complication. Free and open to the public.

Time and Date: Thursday, October 22 | 6:30 PM EST
Location:
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, 1350 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Metro Center

LIVE STREAMING PARTY: NISGUA’s “Tahoe On Trial” NYC Event
Viewing party to live stream the NISGUA tour event in New York City.

Time and Date: Thursday, October 22 | 6-8 PM EST
Location:
CIEL Conference Room: 1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100 (Above the Dupont Circle South Metro, DC)


-Friday, October 23-

BRIEFING: Defending Community and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on defending community and indigenous rights in Guatemala, with panelists Daniel Pascual (CUC) and Rafael Maldonado (CALAS).

Time and Date: Friday, October 23 | 11 AM EST
Location:
2255 Rayburn House Office Building

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