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ASIL : Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Releases Report on National Jurisprudence on Freedom of Expression (May 16, 2017)

By: Caitlin Behles | June 2, 2017 - 5:03pm
On May 16, 2017, the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released a report entitled “National Case Law on Freedom of Expression.” According to the press release, the report provides “an overview of a number of key judicial decisions adopted in the last four years by national supreme courts in Latin America and the Caribbean” and aims “to strengthen the capacity of national courts and to consolidate the role of judiciary’s as key players in protecting the rights of freedom of expression and access to public information.” The report notes that the cases were selected because they “represent progress at the domestic level, either because they ensure the protection of the freedom of expression of the persons directly involved in the specific case, and/or because they set forth legal guidelines that incorporate and develop the inter-American standards in the national sphere.” The cases within the report were chosen from the following states: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay.