IACHR STRONGLY CONDEMNS COUP D’ETAT IN HONDURAS
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2009 - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) strongly condemns the coup d’Etat and the interruption of the constitutional order in Honduras.
The IACHR makes an urgent call to restore the democratic order in Honduras and to respect human rights, the rule of law and the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The IACHR also calls for the absolute respect of the right to freedom of expression.
According to the information received, the Foreign Minister of Honduras, Patricia Rodas, and other members of the ministerial cabinet were detained and their current whereabouts are unknown. The Inter-American Commission demands that the situation of the Foreign Minister and other cabinet members is urgently clarified, and that their lives and personal integrity be respected and protected, as well as those of the members of President Manuel Zelaya’s family.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.
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