Speaking at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellin, United States Attorney General Eric Holder touted the Obama administration's efforts to curb mandatory minimum sentences. He also backed a more heterodox approach to citizen security, a sign of a subtle shift in the U.S.-backed 'War on Drugs' in the region. Holder delivered his address at the Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA IV), a biannual OAS-sponsored conference designed to promote policy coordination on the issue. (See also: Open letter to Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas)
An international mission for solidarity, accompaniment, and observation in Honduras arrived in Tegucigalpa on Monday 27th July and reports that "heavy censorship, suspension of the freedom of movement and gathering and the lack of credibility of the information provided by the de facto government and authorities controlled by it contribute to creating a situation of tension and fear."