N° 41/07





            Washington, D.C., August 3, 2007—At the invitation of the government of Mexico, the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Rapporteur for Mexico and Rapporteur for the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, Dr. Florentín Meléndez, will visit Mexico from August 6 to 11, 2007. The purpose of the visit is to follow up on the human rights situation in the state of Oaxaca and to verify the situation of persons deprived of liberty in several prisons in Mexico.


            The IACHR delegation, which will be in Mexico City from August 6 to 8 and in Oaxaca from August 9 to 11, will be led by Dr. Meléndez and will also comprise human rights specialists Mario López-Garelli and Leonardo Hidaka. During the visit, meetings will be held with high-level authorities of the federal government and the Oaxaca state government, as well as with civil society representatives. The visit will also include activities to promote the inter-American system for the protection of human rights.


            The Commission appreciates the cooperation offered by the government and by civil society organizations and institutions in the preparations for this visit.