the invitation of the Haitian Government extended in the framework of OAS
Permanent Council resolution CP/RES. 806 (1303/02), the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will visit Haiti from May 28 to 31,
2002, to observe the overall human rights situation in the country.
The IACHR is a
principal organ of the Organization of American States (OAS) responsible
for the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the
Hemisphere. Its seven members
are elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly for a
four-year term. The
Commission’s terms of reference derive mainly from the American
Convention on Human Rights and the OAS Charter, instruments ratified by
the Republic of Haiti.
delegation will consist of Mr. Clare Kameau Roberts, IACHR member and
Rapporteur for Haiti; Mr. Santiago Canton, Executive Secretary of the
IACHR; Mr. Eduardo Bertoni, Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the
IACHR; Ms. Raquel Poitevien, Human Rights Specialist in Haitian Affairs;
and Ms. Christina Cerna, Principal Human Rights Specialist of the IACHR
Executive Secretariat. During
its stay in Haiti, the Commission will meet with the highest-ranking
government officials and with such diverse sectors of the population as
political parties, human rights organizations, church representatives,
grassroots groups, journalists and media representatives, and alleged
victims of human right violations. It
will also meet with the Group of Friends of Haiti and with representatives
of international organizations.
is grateful for the cooperation and the facilities provided by the Haitian
Government and by nongovernmental organizations, civil society
institutions, and international organizations in connection with
preparations for its visit, and oce again it expresses its full readiness
to cooperate with the democratic governments of the Hemisphere in
promoting and protecting human rights.