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FUNCTIONAL UNIT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

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Lima, Peru, June 7, 2010 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today published its Preliminary Observations on the visit it carried out to Honduras on May 15-18, 2010, to follow up on its August 2009 on-site visit and its report Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d’État.

During the May 2010 visit, the Commission verified that human rights violations continue in the context of the coup d’état. The IACHR received information on the murder of a number of persons, including journalists and human rights defenders. In addition, human rights defenders, journalists, social communicators, teachers, trade union members, and members of the Resistance are subject to threats and harassment. (see press releases) | (more…)

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 19, 2010 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visited Honduras May 15-18 to follow up on its on-site visit of August 2009 and its report Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d’État. The delegation was composed of IACHR Chair Felipe González, First Vice-Chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Catalina Botero, and staff of the Executive Secretariat.

The IACHR met with officials from all three branches of the State, human rights defenders, journalists, civil society representatives, and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It also met with representatives of the United Nations system in Honduras and with ambassadors from the Stockholm Declaration Follow-Up Group (G 16). The Commission’s report on the visit will be made public in the near future. (see press releases) | (more…)

OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR FREEEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONDEMNS ATTACK IN OAXACA, MEXICO AND THE MURDER OF TWO SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, AND EXPRESSES SATISFACTION AT JOURNALISTS’ RESCUE

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2010visit press releases section – The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) deplores the attack on a humanitarian convoy that occurred on April 27th, 2010 while the convoy made its way to the community of San Juan Copala in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Two persons were killed in the attack, several others were injured, and two journalists from the newsmagazine Contralínea remained trapped in the area controlled by the armed group responsible for the attack. After an operation by the security forces, the journalists were rescued. (more…)

Colombia: “intelligence activities against human rights defenders, community leaders, justice operators, and the IACHR itself”,  Cuba: “particular attention” paid by IACHR “to the situation of human rights defenders”, Venezuela: “conditions do not exist in Venezuela for human rights defenders and journalists to freely perform their occupations”.

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