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Chile: Landmark case goes to court

April 2021

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is set to hear a case that will have sweeping religious liberty implications for 35 countries in the Americas.

The landmark case of Pavez v. Chile involves a teacher from a Roman Catholic school who was revealed to be in a same-sex relationship.

The school said Sandra Pavez was not living according to Roman Catholic teaching and therefore could no longer be certified to teach the faith.

She was allowed to continue her employment elsewhere in the school, and was even promoted to a senior position. But nevertheless she decided to pursue a legal action.

If the court upholds her complaint, it could have far-reaching implication in many countries for all faith schools, including those run by evangelicals.