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Human rights ambassador’s mission to Central America (April 21 to 27, 2013)

Human Rights Ambassador François Zimeray traveled to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica from April 21 to 27, 2013.

In Honduras, Mr. Zimeray conducted a field visit to the Bajo Aguán region which has been marked by extreme violence as a result of land disputes. This visit provided an opportunity to encourage the authorities to involve civil society more closely in the post-conflict process.

In Guatemala, the human rights ambassador expressed France’s support for the fight against impunity at a time when the country is facing up to its past in light of the complaints against Ríos Montt.

Lastly, François Zimeray’s visit to San José provided an opportunity to demonstrate our strong convergence of views in the area of human rights and to commend Costa Rica’s pro-active approach in this field. He also gave a speech on the topic of human rights at the headquarters of the Central American Integration System in San Salvador.

This mission was consistent with the objective of strengthening relations between France and Latin America, announced by Mr. Laurent Fabius in February 2013. Mr. Zimeray conveyed a message of support to human rights defenders, especially those who are fighting against the murder of women.

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