IACHR Categorically Rejects Smear Campaign in Mexico against Group of Experts and Executive Secretary

IACHR 3/29/2016

Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) categorically rejects the smear campaign taking place in Mexico against the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts and against the Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria. The IACHR also emphatically rejects the preliminary inquiry initiated against Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria for an alleged crime of fraud to the detriment of the State of Mexico, in connection with the work of the Group of Experts, following a complaint filed in the context of this smear campaign.

The Commission would like to point out that as Executive Secretary of the IACHR, Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria signed the cooperation agreement with Mexico on behalf of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), through “delegation of signature” authority. Under OAS rules and regulations, the State of Mexico’s voluntary financial contribution for the agreement’s implementation was deposited directly into the accounts of the OAS General Secretariat, through its Secretariat for Administration and Finance. The IACHR did not manage those funds; therefore, neither did the Executive Secretary.

The IACHR expresses its consternation and believes it is unacceptable to open a preliminary inquiry based on this complaint, which is reckless and unfounded, as it does not contain any fact that would constitute a crime.

The complaint states: “With the argument of bringing in a group of experts in various criminal matters, with the promise that they would meet the highest international standards and best practices in the region, and that they would be independent, Mexican citizen Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria deceived the Government of the United Mexican States, because instead of that he brought together, knowing full well each of their backgrounds, the participation of individuals who in their previous work and duties and government terms failed the test of truth and legal probity and violated different laws in their respective countries.”

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