IHRP presents at the 150th session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the IHRP and its partners PEN International and PEN Canada testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and representatives of the Honduran government about impunity for violence against journalists in Honduras.

This hearing was called following the submission of the joint IHRP-PEN report Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity to the IACHR. The report was authored by IHRP Summer Fellow Kaitlin Owens (JD '15) and documents the rise in violence against journalists following the coup d'etat that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, and the failure of both state and international mechanisms to investigate and punish those responsible. 

Dina Meza, a Honduran journalist and one of the subjects of the joint IHRP-PEN report, testified, as well as award-winning Mexican writer Alvaro Enrigue. Carmen Cheung (acting Director of the IHRP), Marion Botsford Fraser (Chair of PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee), Brendan de Caires (PEN Canada), and Sarah Clarke (PEN International) presented the findings from the IHRP-PEN report.

Read more about the event on the PEN Canada website

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Watch the hearing online

Read the text of the IHRP/PEN presentation (PDF)