Human rights delegation heading to Honduras

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 17 2009 12:16 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2009 08:16 PM

TEGUCIGALPA - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is heading to Honduras Monday to investigate alleged rights violations by the de facto government that has been in power since a June 28 coup.

"We are not going there to establish whether or not there was a coup, because that was already established by the general assembly of the Organization of American States on July 4," said Santiago Canton, the secretary general of the organization.

"We are going there to examine the state of human rights in the context of the coup d'etat," Canton told AFP.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) has compiled a list of people whose lives it fears may be at risk because of their links to Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya, who was expelled from the country in a coup and has not been allowed to return.

CIDH has called on Honduras' interim government, led by Roberto Micheletti, to take measures to protect people on the list, who include ministers in Zelaya's government and leaders of a political movement that opposed the coup.

An international mission that included representatives from the International Federation of Human Rights visited Tegucigalpa at the end of July and concluded that "grave and systematic violations" of human rights had been committed in Honduras since the coup.