IACHR CONDUCTS AN ON-SITE VISIT TO THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will conduct an
on-site visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on May 6-10, 2002.
The Commission was invited by President Hugo Chávez during a
visit he made to the IACHR headquarters in Washington, D.C. The purpose of
the Commission’s visit will be to observe the human rights situation in
IACHR is a principal organ of the Organization of American States (OAS),
composed of seven members elected in their personal capacity by the OAS
General Assembly. The
Commission’s mandate is to promote the observance of human rights in the
Hemisphere according to parameters established in the American Convention on
Human Rights, to which Venezuela has been a Party since 1977.
Among the commitments undertaken by OAS member states and states
parties to the Convention is that of extending to the Commission all the
necessary facilities to enable it to carry out its observation missions with
full autonomy in the pursuit of its mandate.
delegation of the IACHR that will commence its visit to Venezuela on May 6
will consist of its President, Dr..Juan E. Méndez; its First Vice
President, Dr. Marta Altolaguirre; Commission members, Professor Robert K.
Goldman, Ms. Susana Villarán, Dr. Julio Prado Vallejo and the Executive
Secretary of the IACHR, Dr. Santiago A. Canton; also accompanying the
delegation will be Dr. Eduardo A. Bertoni, who will shortly be taking up the
post of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
During its stay, the IACHR delegation will interview government
authorities and meet with representatives of various sectors of civil
society in Caracas and Portuguesa. The IACHR will be staying at the Caracas
Hilton Hotel. The IACHR will
end its visit on May 10, 2002 with a press conference in the Caracas Hilton
Hotel at 9:30 a.m.
Commission is grateful for the cooperation and facilities extended by the
Government of Venezuela, nongovernmental organizations, and other civil
society institutions in the planning and execution of this visit.
Washington, D.C., May 3, 2002