IACHR ANNOUNCES VISIT TO HONDURAS
Washington, D.C., May 13, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will conduct a visit to Honduras on May 16-18, 2010, as a follow-up to the Commission's report on the human rights situation in the context of the coup d'état, published in January of this year.
The delegation will be composed of IACHR Chair Felipe González, First Vice-Chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Executive Secretary Santiago Canton, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Catalina Botero, and staff of the Executive Secretariat. The IACHR will meet with State officials, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society representatives, human rights defenders, journalists, and members of the Truth Commission.
Honduras ratified the American Convention on Human Rights in 1977. The suspension of Honduras’ right to participate in the Organization of American States (OAS)—decided on July 4, 2009, by the OAS General Assembly—does not alter the country’s obligations as a signatory to the Convention and other human rights treaties ratified by the State.
The IACHR visit will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights and the Commission’s Rules of Procedure. These establish that the Commission must be given all the facilities necessary to carry out its mission and that no reprisals of any kind may be taken against individuals or entities that cooperate with the Commission by providing information or testimony.
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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