Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has expressed hope that the high-level interaction afforded by the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) 172nd Period of Sessions will “deepen the country’s understanding of the function of the commission and its strategic priorities for 2017 to 2021.”
Johnson Smith was speaking at the Welcome Breakfast for the IACHR Delegation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday.
This is the first time a Caribbean country is hosting the IACHR.
The foreign affairs minister said the event could serve to share the perspectives of the Region in the implementation of “our obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights”.
Meanwhile, President and Rapporteur on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, IACHR, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, said that holding the sessions in Jamaica fulfills one of the commitments of the IACHR, which is to “raise awareness of the Inter-American system in the Caribbean”.
The IACHR’s 172nd Period of Sessions continues at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters with public hearings currently underway, to end on Friday.
Petitions will not be heard against Jamaica as host country.