VISITS MEXICO TO CONDUCT FOLLOW-UP ON CASES
At the invitation of the Government of the United Mexican States, a
delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights carried out a
visit to that country from July 2 until July 5, 2001.
The members of the delegation were President of the IACHR, Dean
Claudio Grossman, and the desk attorney for Mexico, Dr. Mario López Garelli.
The intense program concentrated on follow-up measures for compliance
with IACHR reports on individual cases of violations of human rights in that
The cases, which pertain to events that occurred before the current
Government had assumed its responsibilities, are the following:
The meetings were conducted by the President of the IACHR, with the
participation of high authorities of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of
Mexico and several states, including the Prosecutor General of the Federal
District and the Prosecutor General of Chiapas, as well as representatives
of the governments of Morelos, Veracruz and Oaxaca.
On behalf of the victims, several direct relatives also participated,
along with organizations such as the National Network of Civil Organs of
Human Rights, the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human
Rights, CEJIL, PRODH, ACAT, AFADEM-FEDEFAM, the Teachers’ Human Rights
Commission of Oaxaca and the “Organización Campesina de las Sierras del
The follow-up of the above-mentioned cases took place pursuant to the
functions of the Inter-American Commission under the Charter of the OAS, the
American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, the American
Convention on Human Rights, the Statute and, more specifically, Articles 46
and 62 of the IACHR’s Rules of Procedure.
Among the advances achieved during the meetings were the creation of
several working groups with participation of authorities and representatives
of victims, which were assigned the mandate of identifying concrete measures
for compliance with the recommendations, as well as proposals for
reparations and for bringing Mexican internal legislation in conformity with
international human rights obligations.
The Inter-American Commission also held meetings regarding several
cases in the friendly settlement stage with the competent authorities, the
respective petitioners and relatives of the victims.
Those meetings resulted in important advance agreements, which shall
be reported on during the next ordinary sessions of the IACHR.
During his presence in Mexico, Dean Claudio Grossman also
participated in an academic event in the Institute of Juridical
Investigations of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, at the
invitation of Prof. Sergio García Ramírez, Judge of the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights.
The IACHR wishes to express its gratitude to the Mexican State for
its invitation, which constitutes an important gesture of its commitment to
comply with international human rights obligations.
Specifically, the Inter-American Commission thanks Special Ambassador
for Human Rights and Democracy, Mariclaire Acosta, and the Director of Human
Rights of the Secretariat for Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Juan José Gómez
Camacho, for their valuable cooperation, which made this visit a success.
In the exercise of the above-mentioned functions, the Inter-American
Commission shall continue to observe and evaluate measures of compliance
with its recommendations by all member States of the OAS.
Washington, D.C., July 6, 2001