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IACHR Announces Dates and Scope of its Working Visit to Mexico Concerning People in Situations of Human Mobility

December 11, 2020

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Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is to conduct a virtual working visit to Mexico to obtain information on the situation of human mobility in the country, particularly as relates to cross-border issues. The visit will take place in two stages: the first from December 16 to 18, 2020, and the second from January 11 to 12, 2021.

The visit will be carried out by the IACHR at the express invitation of the Mexican State. The IACHR delegation will include Commissioner Julissa Mantilla, the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants, and Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, the Country Rapporteur for Mexico and Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child. It will also include María Claudia Pulido, the Interim Executive Secretary, and specialists from the IACHR Executive Secretariat.

The focus of the visit will be to gather information on peoplein situations of human mobility on Mexico’s northern and southern borders, and those in transit throughout the country. It will also analyze the situation of people in need of international protection, the detention of migrants, their access to justice, and migration and asylum procedures. Information will also be gathered on the situation of people in especially vulnerable predicaments.

The IACHR wishes to thank the Mexican State once again for consenting to the visit, facilitating it, and providing the necessary assistance during it. The IACHR is also grateful to civil society organizations for any information they are able to provide to help it achieve its objectives during this monitoring visit.

During the visit, the IACHR delegation will hold online meetings with State authorities, international human rights organizations, civil society representatives, migrants, and other relevant stakeholders.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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