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Statement by OAS General Secretariat on Visit of Mexican Foreign Minister and Members of Congress

  June 26, 2018

The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, met on June 26 with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Luis Videgaray Caso, and a multi-partisan delegation of Mexican legislators headed by the President of the Senate, Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, to address the migration crisis by which children have been separated from their parents in the United States-Mexico border area.

The separation of children from their parents and/or mothers is an inhuman and cruel act that not only lacks legal and political justification, but absolutely lacks any moral logic.

The OAS General Secretariat maintains its firm position in favor of migrants, their rights, and the principles contained in inter-American regulations. In this regard, the General Secretariat endorses the draft resolution prepared by the Government of Mexico, which will be presented to the OAS Permanent Council in the coming days.

The OAS General Secretariat also reiterates the need for the immediate deployment of an on-site visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to verify the situation and prepare recommendations for action, since the detention of minors is unacceptable from the point of view of the international regulations and the inter-American system.

It is essential that all necessary measures are adopted to resolve the situation of at least 2,300 minors who have been separated from their parents, mainly coming from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

For the OAS, as expected of the international community that is attached to international law, speeches and actions based on hatred and xenophobia that violate the human rights of migrants are unacceptable.

Reference: E-045/18