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International Commissions of Inquiry, Fact-finding Missions: Americas

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Chile

 1975

Mandating authority

Commission on Human Rights resolution 8 (XXXI) of 27 Feb. 1977 (in E/5635, pp. 66-67)

Commission/Mission Ad Hoc Working Group to inquire into the situation of human rights in Chile
Mandate Commission on Human rights "decides that an Ad Hoc Working Group of five members of the Commission, to be appointed in their personal capacity by the Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and to operate under his chairmanship, shall inquire into the present situation of human rights in Chile on the basis of the above-mentioned resolutions and of a visit to Chile and of oral and written evidence to be gathered from all relevant sources"
Members of the Mission Commission on Human Rights
Reports  and related documents

Reports A/10285 (Spanish) of 7 Oct. 1975, E/CN.4/1188 of 4 Feb. 1976, A/31/253 of 8 Oct. 1976, A/32/227 of 29 Sept. 1977 and A/33/331 of 25 Oct. 1978;

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Colombia

 2002

Mandating authority

High Commissioner for Human Rights  upon the request of the Government of Colombia

Commission/Mission OHCHR inquiry into alleged massacre in the Chocó region of Colombia
Mandate High Commissioner for Human Rights under her general mandate as contained in General Assembly resolution 48/141
Members of the Mission Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Reports  and related documents Report not published as an official UN document.

Available in Spanish on the site of OHCHR Office in Colombia - 
Informe de la Oficia en Colombia del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos sobre su Misión de Observación en el Medio Atrato, 20 de Mayo de 2002.

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Cuba

 1988

Mandating authority

Commission on Human Rights decision 1998/106 of 10 Mar. 1988 (in E/1988/12, p. 168); at the invitation of the Government of Cuba

Commission/Mission Mission to Cuba to observe the human rights situation
Mandate Commission on Human Rights decided, without a vote, (a) to accept the invitation that the Chairman and five members of the Commission, appointed following regional consultations, should visit Cuba in order to observe the human rights situation; (b) that the Chairman of the Commission, together with the five other members of the mission, should prepare a report to be submitted for consideration by the Commission, which would decide on the manner in which the report was to be examined
Members of the Mission Commission on Human Rights
Reports  and related documents

Report E/CN.4/1989/46 of 21 Feb. 1989 and Corr.1;

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Guatemala

1997

Mandating authority

Commission on Human Rights resolution 1997/51 of 15 Apr. 1997(in E/1997/23, p. 167)

Commission/Mission United Nations Mission to Guatemala
Mandate Commission on Human Rights requested the Secretary-General to send a mission to Guatemala at the end of 1997, within the approved overall budget for the current biennium, to submit a report to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-fourth session on the evolution of the situation of human rights in Guatemala in the light of the implementation of the peace agreements, taking into account the verification work done by MINUGUA and the information submitted by the Government of Guatemala, the Follow-up Commission on compliance with the peace agreements, the political organizations and the non-governmental human rights organizations, as well as on the implementation of the agreement on the provision of advisory services in the field of human rights signed by the Government of Guatemala and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with a view to concluding the consideration of the case of Guatemala in the agenda of the Commission
Members of the Mission Alberto DIAZ URIBE (Colombia), Diego GARCIA-SAVAN (Peru), Yvon LEBOT (France)
Reports  and related documents Report E/CN.4/1998/93 of 13 Feb. 1998

 

 

Honduras

2009

Mandating authority

Human Rights Council resolution 12/14 of 1 Oct. 2009 (in A/65/53, p. 30)

Commission/Mission OHCHR Mission on situation of human rights in Honduras since the coup d'état on 28 June 2009 
Mandate Human Rigjhts Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a comprehensive report on the violations of human rights in Honduras since the coup d’état, and to submit a preliminary report thereon to the General Assembly at the main part of its sixty-fourth session and to the Council at its thirteenth session
Members of the Mission Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Reports  and related documents Report A/HRC/13/66 of 3 Mar. 2010

Venezuela

2019

Mandating authority

Human Rights Council resolution 42/25 of 27 Sept. 2019

Commission/Mission Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (OHCHR website)
Mandate Human Rights Council decided to establish, for a period of one year, an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, and to dispatch that mission urgently to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to investigate extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment since 2014 with a view to ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims, and requests the mission to present a report on its findings to the Council during an interactive dialogue at its forty-fifth session
Members of the Mission Marta Valiñas, Chair (Portugal), Francisco Cox Vial (Chile), Paul Seils (UK)
Reports  and related documents

2022, 18 March -  Statement by Marta Valiñas, Chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council (English | Español)

2021, 16 Sept. HRC A/HRC/48/CRP.5. Detailed findings of the independent international factfinding mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

2021, 16 Sept. - Report AUV A/HRC/48/69. Report of the independent international fact-finding mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 

2021, 10 March - Statement by Marta Valiñas at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council (English, Español)

2020, 13 Oct. - Human rights Council resolution 45/20. Situation of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
2020, 16 Sept. - Report A/HRC/45/33
2020, 16 Sept. - Detailed findings of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela A/HRC/45/CRP.11 (English, Español)

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