The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) convened a public hearing to discuss the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, Bisexual and Intersexual (LGTBI) population, after Costa Rica requested it in 2016.
It will be held on May 16th and 17th in San José and it will help countries, organizations and institutions to present their arguments on a consultation made by Ana Helena Chacón, Vice President of the Republic.
Chacón requested an “advisory opinion” from the Court to determine whether national legislation protects some of the rights of the LGTBI population and adheres to the American Convention on Human Rights.
Among the points that were consulted are the right to change names (depending on their gender identity) and the economic rights of same-sex couples.
On March 31st, the IACHR indicated that member states of the Organization of American States wishing to participate in the hearing must confirm their participation by April 20th.