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OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica
Feb 28, 2017 - 11:06:36 PM

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The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association have announced that they have been invited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to take part in high level regional consultations on the development of its 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan.

“We are thrilled that such an important regional body has invited us to take part in these crucial consultations,” said Paco Nunez, GBHRA Secretary. “It demonstrates that our work in The Bahamas is being recognised and appreciated by the international community.

“The GBHRA thanks the IACHR for its invitation and hopes it is the first of many such opportunities to contribute, in whatever way we can, to the further development of the Inter-American Human Rights System."

Representatives from select NGOs across the region have been asked to evaluate the proposals for the Plan, and to help generate a more democratic and transparent culture within the IACHR, which is the human rights arm of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

In addition to the consultation sessions, delegates will take part in a workshop on the Inter-American Human Rights System and the Right to Freedom of Expression, to be led by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.

Delegates will also attend the launch of the new Report on Afro-Descendants, by Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination.

The event takes place on Friday, March 3 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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