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OAS Recognizes the Will of the Honduran government in the Search for Solutions to its Challenges in Security, Justice and Human Rights

  March 15, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with Arturo Corrales, Foreign Relations Minister of Honduras, who is visiting Washington, DC to discuss his country’s progress in the areas of security, justice, and human rights.

Secretary General Insulza affirmed that “Honduras’ efforts in the areas of Security, Justice and Human Rights should continue to be supported by the international community”, and to this end announced that the OAS would sign, along with the Honduran government, a formal agreement on cooperation in security matters in the coming days, to ensure the support and continued monitoring by the General Secretariat of the recently created Commission for Reform of Public Security.

In the meeting, Foreign Minister Corrales highlighted the support of the OAS in the reform processes that are going forward in Honduras, particularly those dealing with security, justice and human rights. In that vein, OAS officials yesterday delivered to President Porfirio Lobo a report based on a study done on the System of Security last year, which contains around 54 recommendations intended to improve the work of security and justice officials in the country. The recommendations are meant to strengthen the capabilities of public institutions, to ensure that the country can efficiently ensure the well-being of its citizens.

The Honduran Foreign Minister said “for us it is very important to continue trusting in the support of the OAS, as an impartial observer, to make sure that the processes are effective and transparent”.

A gallery of photos of the event will be available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-102/12