Press Release

IACHR Conducts Onsite Visit to Honduras

November 25, 2014

Washington, D.C.—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will conduct an onsite visit to Honduras on December 1-5, 2014, for the purpose of observing the general human rights situation in the country. The delegation that will carry out the visit will be led by the Chair of the IACHR, Tracy Robinson; the First Vice-Chair, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; and Commissioners José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Paulo Vannuchi, James Cavallaro, and Rosa María Ortiz. Other members of the delegation will include the IACHR Executive Secretary, Emilio Álvarez Icaza; the Assistant Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Abi Mershed; and the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Edison Lanza, as well as specialists from the Executive Secretariat.

The Inter-American Commission will hold interviews with government authorities from the three branches of the State and will meet with representatives of different sectors of civil society, with a view to gaining a more in-depth understanding of the challenges and progress in the area of human rights. The delegation will visit Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, Bajo Aguán, and San Pedro Sula. The IACHR will present its preliminary observations at the end of its visit, in a press conference that will take place on Friday, December 5, at 12 noon, at the Marriott Hotel in Tegucigalpa.

The IACHR will not receive complaints in Honduras. Individuals who would like to present complaints regarding alleged human rights violations may do so via the IACHR website, or by mail sent to the following address: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1889 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 2006, USA.

The Commission appreciates the cooperation it has received from the government of Honduras and from civil society organizations in the planning and preparations for this 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 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. 141/14