Human Rights Situation in Honduras Warrants Special Attention, According to OAS Report
Freedom House praises the 2009 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Annual Report, including its decision to add Honduras to the list of countries that warrant special attention for human rights violations. Colombia, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela have been included in this list since 2002.
“Freedom House commends the IACHR’s decision to highlight the recent threats to fundamental freedoms in Honduras,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director at Freedom House. “We call on Honduras and other member states to abide by their international human rights obligations.”
IACHR president Felipe Gonzalez presented the report on April 15 to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS). The report on Honduras documented widespread human rights violations after the June 2009 coup. Some of the violations identified were severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association including the criminalization of public demonstrations, the arrests of thousands of people in inhumane detention conditions, racial discrimination and various violations of political rights. The information contained in the report is based on the IACHR’s visit to the country in August 2009 and concludes that reported human rights violations were a direct consequence of the breakdown of constitutional order.
The IACHR is an autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mandate derives from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The IACHR is comprised of seven independent human rights experts elected by the OAS General Assembly. While a few states have questioned its assessment and role as a human rights watchdog in the region, the majority of member states praise the commission’s independence and objectivity.
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