IACHR will evaluate equal marriage in Panama, at the request of Fundación Iguales

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted an audience to Panama, through Fundación Iguales, during which he will listen to the situation of human rights and equal marriage in Panama.

Through a letter, the IACHR announced that the hearing will be on October 2, at 2:00 pm, through the Zoom platform. “I am pleased to refer to your request, in which you express your interest in attending a hearing during the next session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to address issues related to the aforementioned matter. [El derecho al matrimonio igualitario en la región]”Says the letter signed by Joel Hernández García, president of the IACHR.

The hearing will take place during the 177th regular period of sessions, which will take place virtually between September 28 and October 9.

The October hearing will be the second on the subject promoted by the foundation. The first took place in November 2018, during the 170th regular session of the organization.

“Same-sex couples have waited many years to be treated equally, and the state has refused to recognize this. In the midst of a pandemic, that’s when those protections are most needed. And that is why, given the refusal of such dignified treatment, we have had to request that the Inter-American Human Rights System find out about this situation, ”Iván Chanis, from the Iguales Foundation, told this media.

And he added: “Not long ago, Costa Rica, our neighboring country, made a categorical advance by applying the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in its Advisory Opinion OC24 / 17 that mandates States to recognize marriage to same-sex couples. . So did Ecuador. Panama is in default of its international commitments ”.

Lawsuits that seek to declare unconstitutional article 26 of the Supreme Court of Justice Family Code which defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman; and article 35 of Law 61 of 2015, which prohibits marriage between people of the same sex. The lawsuits were also filed by Morgan & Morgan, on behalf of Enrique Raúl Jelenszky and Álvaro José López Levy. The two legal actions were accumulated in a single file in June 2017, for dealing with the same issue. Another appeal was filed on behalf of Yamileth Garcés, and is in the Third Chamber of the Court.

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