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IACHR Carries Out Working Visit to Mexico

July 20, 2017

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Washington, D.C.— Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Rapporteur for Mexico of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), conducted a working visit to Mexico on April 25, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to engage in activities related to friendly settlement mechanisms and to follow up on petitions and cases.

Commissioner Arosemena de Troitiño chaired eight working meetings to facilitate dialogue between the parties involved in petitions and cases, in order to encourage friendly settlements and follow up on recommendations made by the IACHR. On April 25, the parties in eight cases—P-735-07, Ismael Mondragón Bustamante; Case 12.986, José Antonio Bolaños; Case 11.824, Sabino Díaz Osorio; Case 11.411, Hermelindo Santiz Gómez et al. (Ejido Morelia); Case 12.610, Faustino Jiménez Álvarez; Case 12.627, María Nicolasa García Reynoso; Case 12.791, Jesús Ángel Gutiérrez Olvera; and P-1171-09, Ananías Laparra Martínez et al.—engaged in dialogue to negotiate and implement agreements for full redress of the alleged victims of human rights violations.

The IACHR reiterates that it values the Mexican State’s efforts to further a policy of seeking friendly settlements and complying with matters pending in the individual petition and case system. This is reflected in the State’s participation in the working meetings, as well as its respectful approach toward victims and their representatives to jointly arrive at solutions in the search for truth, justice, and reparation.

Likewise, the IACHR values the petitioners’ willingness and openness to consider reparation measures in the context of friendly settlement agreements and agreements to comply with the IACHR’s recommendations.

The Commission appreciates the excellent collaboration the State of Mexico provided in organizing this visit and the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Interior Ministry in holding the meetings with positive results. The Commission will continue to monitor compliance with the commitments made by the State in the agreements signed during this working visit.

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 Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

No. 102/17