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President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights visit STF

The President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Diego García-Sayán, was received in an audience this Thursday (14) by the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Joaquim Barbosa. According to García-Sayán, the objective is to advance the dialogue between the Inter-American Court and the Brazilian Justice. He highlighted the necessary institutional characteristic to the conversation progress and noted that the Inter-American Court does not give guidance to any supreme court.

“The roles are different, an international court is activated when the internal procedures run out and someone thinks that their rights are being affected. But it does not substitute nor decide upon the national courts,” he affirmed.

García-Sayán reported that the Inter-American Court examines the possibility of holding, still in 2013, a public hearings session in Brazil. According to the President García-Sayán, similar events are being held in other countries with the objective of allowing lawyers, students and the general public to learn more about the court’s functioning. He informed that, in the next week, a public hearings session will be held in Medelin, Colombia, and there are already more than 4 thousand registered participants.

Accompanied by the lawyer Roberto Caldas, who in February took office as one of the seven Justices of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, García-Sayán used the occasion to visit the “Rádio Justiça” and the “TV Justiça” installations.

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