Honduras: UN sends team to examine human rights violations after coup

H.E . Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales President of the Republic of Honduras

16 October 2009 – The United Nations human rights chief is sending a team to Honduras on Sunday for a three-week official visit to examine violations of rights in the wake of the coup d’état in the Central American country in June.

Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement today from Geneva in which she said the mission would seek the views of all parties in Honduras during its visit, which is scheduled to run until 7 November.

Earlier this month the UN Human Rights Council formally asked Ms. Pillay to present a comprehensive report on violations in Honduras since the coup on 28 June, when President José Manuel Zelaya was ousted. That report is expected to be delivered by next March.

Ms. Pillay, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials, as well as the General Assembly, have all expressed concern about the situation in Honduras.


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