Press Release

IACHR Condemns Execution of Mark Anthony Stroman in the United States

July 22, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the judicial execution by the United States of Mark Anthony Stroman, that took place on July 20, 2011, in Texas, in defiance of the precautionary measures the IACHR granted in his favor.

The IACHR granted precautionary measures to protect the life and physical integrity of Mark Anthony Stroman on July 18, 2011. The request for precautionary measures had been received by the IACHR on July 13, 2011, in the context of a petition alleging the violation of rights enshrined in the American Declaration. Through the precautionary measures, the Commission asked the United States to refrain from carrying out the death penalty until the IACHR had the opportunity to issue a decision on the petitioners' claims regarding the alleged violations of the American Declaration.

The Commission deplores the failure on the part of the United States to recognize its requests that the government respect the right of petition of Mark Anthony Stroman. As a general matter, the Commission urges the United States to implement the precautionary measures granted and the recommendations issued in its reports, and reiterates that the Government is obligated to fully and properly respect its international human rights obligations set forth in the American Declaration.

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 human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. 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. 74/11