Under Secretary María Otero will travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras from September 12-14, 2012.
In Honduras, Under Secretary Otero will lead the U.S. delegation at the first U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Human Rights Working Group. The Working Group sessions will focus on advancing bilateral cooperation in combating impunity, reforming Honduras’s justice sector, and strengthening Honduran human rights institutions. Under Secretary Otero will be joined by Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Labor and Human Rights Michael Posner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Liliana Ayalde, and representatives from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).
Under Secretary Otero will also meet with a range of senior Honduran officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, human rights activists, and youth leaders to discuss the importance of human rights, strengthening the rule of law, and improving citizen security. This is Under Secretary Otero’s third trip to Honduras.