Inter-American Court of Human Rights will analyze the case of Pavez v. Chile

The case dates back to 2007, when ecclesiastical authorities revoked Sandra Pavez’s certificate of suitability, which empowered her to teach religion classes at the Cardenal Antonio Samoré Municipal School, due to her sexual orientation.

The IACHR presented the case to the Inter-American Court after concluding that the Chilean State violated Sandra Pavez’s human rights. The IACHR ruled that the act was discriminatory and in violation of Articles 23.1, 24, 26 and 1.1 of the American Convention.

The analysis carried out by the Inter-American Court will set an important precedent regarding the protection of fundamental rights, with a direct impact on religious freedom and the powers that may or may not be attributable to religious institutions in the region.

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