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Today begins the 49th Extraordinary Session of the I/A Court H.R.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Between 11 and 15 November, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H.R.) holds its 49th Special Session in Brasilia. The purpose of this meeting in Brazil is to bring the Court closer to the Brazilian people, one of the recipients of their decisions. The sessions are open, and those interested should register through a form (click here to register) or by accessing the link to the official website of the 49th Special Session of I/A Court H.R. in Brazil, contained in the Court’s website.

Today (11) at 16:30, there will be a solemn inaugural session, at the Plenary of the Supreme Federal Court (STF). There will be public sessions in the following two days (12 and 13)  of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights at the Plenary of the Supreme Labor Court (TST), from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who registered on the I/A Court of H.R. may attend the public meeting.

The trial in question is the case known as Capture and Recapture of Colombia's Palace of Justice, named by the Court as Vera Rodríguez and others v. Colombia, which addresses alleged disappearances and tortures that took place in the seizure event of Colombia's Palace of Justice by military forces in 1985, in response to the action of April 19 Movement's (M19) armed command that occupied the building which occupied the headquarters of the Supreme Court, in an announced action to force negotiations with the Republic's Presidency. The case was submitted to the I/A Court H.R. in February of 2012 by the Inter-American Commission, and it analyses the alleged forced disappearances of thirteen people and the subsequent execution of one of them, as well as the alleged detentions and tortures of four other people at that time.

At the session, the I/A Court H.R. will hear the relatives of those who disappeared, experts and parties' oral arguments, including the representation of the state of Colombia. On trial are the recognition of liabilities and the existence of those missing, reparation for the victims and their families and the recovery of the historical memory of that country. The first day of the public session (12/11) will be devoted to preliminary exceptions submitted by the state of Colombia, and the second day to the merits, reparations and costs.

On Thursday (14), the I/A Court H.R. will hold the "International Seminar: Impact of the Decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights," in the auditorium of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In it, three panels will be presented: "Interaction Between National and International Law - Jurisprudential Dialogue," "The Serious Human Rights Violations in Light of the Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights" and "The Jurisprudence on Especially Vulnerable Groups."

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