Nº 20/07





Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007 – The President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Rapporteur for Mexico, Dr. Florentín Meléndez, will visit Mexico from April 9 to 14, 2007, at the invitation of the Government, to observe and receive information on the situation of human rights in that country and to become acquainted with the new authorities and with Mexican civil society organizations.


The President will be accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Santiago A. Canton, and by human rights specialist Daniela Salazar.


The IACHR is the principal human rights organ of the Organization of American States (OAS).  It enjoys independence and autonomy to fulfill its chief mission of promoting and protecting human rights in the Hemisphere. The seven members of the Commission are elected in their personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly for a four-year term.


The Commission will meet with Mexican Government authorities, members of the judicial and legislative branches, and civil society organizations.