IACHR URGES ABSOLUTE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND AN
END TO THE VIOLENCE IN OAXACA
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its profound concern over the violent events that have taken place in recent days in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, and laments that, as a result, several people have been killed or injured. The Inter-American Commission has received information concerning individuals who allegedly have been detained by the police forces and whose whereabouts are unknown.
The Inter-American Commission reminds States of their obligation to ensure the public security of the population and the rule of law in the context of absolute respect for human rights. The Commission urges the authorities to adopt all necessary measures to resolve the critical situation affecting citizen security in Oaxaca with absolute respect for its international human rights obligations.
The IACHR makes a special appeal to investigate and quickly determine the whereabouts of all detained individuals and to ensure absolute respect for their human rights.
The Commission has carefully followed the conflict in Oaxaca for several months and held a public hearing at its last session with the participation of civil society organizations and the Mexican State. Bearing in mind this delicate situation, and the months of conflict preceding it, the Commission appeals to all sectors to promote a dialogue process leading to the resolution of this conflict in the context of a democratic society that respects human rights.
Washington, D.C., October 31, 2006