Panama accepts the IACHR's demands on same-sex marriage

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  • Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:17
Isabel De Saint Malo
  • Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores

Chancellor and Vice President of Panama Isabel De Saint Malo said that the opinions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the recognition of gender identity and same-sex marriage "are binding".

"The Panamanian Constitution enshrines non-discrimination, as in fact this Court ruling has established, so we are sure that with this we can continue to advance even more in the agenda of equality and non-discrimination," said De Saint Malo.

The official also highlighted that the Foreign Ministry submitted the opinion of this body to the three branches of the state: Executive, Legislative, Judicial and the Electoral Court of Panama to start working on this matter.

"Panama still has pending tasks in ensuring non-discrimination on all fronts and this is one of them," she said.

A few days ago, also Ombudsman Alfredo Castillero Hoyos referred to the recommendations of the IACHR to all member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS), to consider that the "pronouncement is categorical and that each country will take actions at their own pace". He said that the position of the Ombudsman’s Office is to abide by the regulations of which Panama is a party.


Marietta Puche

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