-Context of the Honduran Electoral Process 2012-2013: Incomplete list of Killings and Armed Attacks Related to Political Campaigning in Honduras, May 2012 - present (October 21, 2013) - by Rights Action (PDF)
Common Frontiers is sending a delegation to Honduras from November 17-27th 2013 as human rights and official elections observers for the Honduran presidential elections on Sunday November 24, 2013. The delegation is composed of representatives from various labour organizations, NGO’s, community groups, academics and a former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nations. The observer mission will travel to various parts of the county to meet with communities and groups impacted by Canadian investment in the areas of resource extraction (mining), maquiladora and the mega tourism sector.
Report summaries from Honduras will be posted on this page as they are received. Click on the links to read the entire report.
BY Mark Taliano
The fight for freedom in Honduras, where many citizens feel caged and shackled, is an uneven contest between the haves and the have-nots.
The despotic National party is allied with the usual suspects: military, police, private security, paramilitary police, corporations, rich oligarchies ... and paid assassins.
The United States, an ally of the transnational corporations that are pillaging this country, has six military bases of occupation, as well as a network of destabilizing influences: a constellation of intersecting trajectories that support the dictatorship of Juan Orlando Hernandez, a consequence of the illegal 2009 military coup that overthrew the democratic government of Manuel Zelaya.
As a grassroots organization committed to the self-determination of all peoples and communities, and thus in support of transparency and inclusion in democratic processes, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) expresses its concern for the current developments in the Honduran national elections.
The Central American nation is notorious as a drug trafficking trade route and for having the highest homicide rate per capita since the 2009 coup against democratically-elected and popular leader Manuel Zelaya. It is now also earmarked for large trade investments from Canada. With this in mind, two MISN organizers – Monica Gutierrez and Raul Burbano – participated in a delegation to Honduras that started on November 18th organized by Common Frontiers. Raul stayed in the country as an international observer to the national elections.
Written by CSA-TUCA
La CSA, junto con 8 organizaciones y redes internacionales presentes en Honduras, han presentado este martes, 26/11, informes preliminares sobre el proceso electoral y la situación de los derechos humanos en Honduras
Martha Flores, de la red de Jubileo Sur/Américas, ha leído la declaración conjunta de los movimientos sociales en la sede del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos y Desaparecidos de Honduras (Cofadeh) este martes, 26/11
Los movimientos sociales, redes y organizaciones no gubernamentales, presentes en el acompañamiento internacional a las elecciones de Honduras, emiten la siguiente declaración para expresar sus serias preocupaciones ante el anuncio del Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), del resultado de las elecciones del domingo 24 de noviembre.
Raul Burbano sent along a link to an interview he conducted with Radio Canada International
Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception.
They asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”.
By Raul Burbano
At approximately 10 am the morning of 22 of November, 4 people identifying themselves as Honduran Immigration agents, arrived at the offices of ERIC-SJ (Equipo de Reflexión Investigación y Comunicación – Honduras) , asking to see members of the HSN/AGJ delegation of international observers in Honduras for national elections this Sunday.
Conferencia de prensa
Viernes 22 de noviembre a las 10am
Oficinas de COFADEH, Tegucigalpa
Ciento sesenta personas de la Red de Solidaridad con Honduras afiliadas con organizaciones de los Estados Unidos y Canadá están sirviendo como acompañantes electorales y observadores de derechos humanos durante las elecciones nacionales. Los participantes vienen de organizaciones, iglesias, sindicatos, pueblos indígenas, representantes de la diversidad sexual y comunidades que vienen desde EE.UU.,...
(Toronto, Ont.) – An international network of human rights organizations will be sending 180 official election observers to Honduras from November 17-27th 2013 to observe the upcoming general election, which will be taking place on November 24th.
Common Frontiers Canada is coordinating the Canadian based portion of the delegation which will be composed of representatives from various labour organizations, community groups, academics and a former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nations. The mission will travel to various parts of the country to meet with communities and groups impacted by Canadian investment in mining, maquiladoras and the mega tourism sector.
Honduras is widely viewed as the murder capital of the world, reaching a record high of 7,172 homicides in 2012 (source: United Nations).
By Mark Taliano and Raul Burbano
Living conditions in Honduras have gone from bad to worse since the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a military coup in 2009. The rupture of democratic governance has set Honduras back decades. A study by the Washington-based "Center For Economic And Policy Research" notes "In the two years after the coup, Honduras has had the most rapid rise in inequality in Latin America, and now stands as the country with the most unequal distribution of income in the region." From 2010-2012 the extreme poverty rate has increased by 26 per cent.
By Robert Lovelace
You would think that Aboriginal people in Canada have enough to worry about. With a legacy of colonialism, institutional racism and a constant fight to protect the environments that are foundational to our cultures, people of indigenous heritage struggle to have their interests recognized in Canada. It has been that way for a long time and will continue that way for a long time to come. So why is it that some Aboriginal leaders focus their attention on international issues?
Next week a delegation from Canada will travel to Honduras as international observers for that country’s elections. Among those going will be Aboriginal delegates; and they will not be representing Canada. Their objective will be to provide solidarity with the majority indigenous population and to observe and report on the validity of the election process. Canada and Canadian corporations are heavily invested in the outcome of this election as this nation’s colonial foothold expands in Latin America.
Raul Burbano, Program Director of Common Frontiers
Stacey Gomez, Coordinator of the Americas Policy Group
As Canadian-based civil society organizations working for social and environmental justice as well as human and labour rights, we strongly oppose the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement. The lack of democratic and legal guarantees in Honduras is highly troubling – as are the levels of repression and impunity. In such a context, Hondurans can neither question the impact of trade and investment on their lands and livelihoods, nor reap the benefits of any potential economic growth. As a result, this FTA will put corporate rights ahead of community, human and labour rights.