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Honduran Elections: No Cause for Celebrations


The November 24, 2013 elections in Honduras and their aftermath are a critical moment for the direction of the country.  In June 2009 a coup overthrew the elected president, Liberal Party member Manuel Zelaya.  In this month´s election, Zelaya´s wife Xiomara Castro de Zelaya under the new Libre party banner ran against the National Party´s Juan Orlando Hernandez, the traditional Liberal Party, a new Anti-Corruption Party and several others. 

The Supreme Electoral Council declared the National Party’s Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner, followed by Libre, with the Liberals, and the Anti-Corruption Party also receiving a significant share of votes.  The newer parties’ significant vote count has altered the traditional two-party (National, Liberal) Honduran political scene.

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International Mission of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) with the Support of CIPRODEH on the Honduran Elections

Tegucigalpa, November 25, 2013

International Mission of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
with the Support of CIPRODEH on the Honduran Elections

 

The purpose of this mission, made up of 11 dignitaries and representatives of international human rights and civil society organizations,[1] was to reduce human rights violations, political persecution, and impunity and to prevent further deterioration of political rights. After several days of work and observation in the city of Tegucigalpa:

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Congress: Stop Bankrolling Militaries!


Would you be fine with Congress funding rape, torture, and violence? Didn’t think so. In this time of budget constraints, you would think and hope that Congress would be drawing lines in the sand so that our foreign aid to Latin America does not fund abuses.  Some representatives in the House, however, beg to differ. 

Sign our petition and demand Congress to stand for human rights!

Some members of Congress who oversee foreign aid want to outright eliminate human rights conditions tied to military and police assistance for Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. These conditions are one of the ways we can try to ensure the United States does not do business with human rights violators.  Congress has a short memory if it is willing to bankroll militaries and police forces with long histories of abuse with no strings attached.

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Carta Sobre Asesinato de la Jueza Mireya Mendoza Peña

Las organizaciones firmantes nos dirigimos a Usted a fin de solicitar una investigación exhaustiva del asesinato de la jueza Mireya Efigenia Mendoza Peña. Como es de público conocimiento, la jueza Mendoza fue asesinada el pasado 24 de julio de 2013 en la ciudad de El Progreso, Departamento de Yoro, alrededor del mediodía, mientras conducía su vehículo particular y sujetos desconocidos le dispararon en aproximadamente veinte ocasiones.

Para leer la carta en su totalidad, favor haga click aqui.

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LAWGEF Testifies before U.S. Congress on Human Rights Situation in Honduras


Testimony of Lisa Haugaard
Executive Director, Latin America Working Group Education Fund
before the
United States Congress
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

July 25, 2013

 Thank you to the honorable co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Representatives Frank Wolf and Jim McGovern, for hosting this important hearing on the human rights situation in Honduras and for the opportunity to testify today.

The situation of human rights in Honduras is indeed critical.  The June 28, 2009 coup severely undermined the already weak institutions intended to protect the citizenry.  Today, the Honduran state is failing to protect its citizens in the most fundamental ways.  State agents are directly involved in human rights violations, including arbitrary detention and extrajudicial executions.  The government fails to provide effective protection measures for individuals and groups at risk.  The police not only fail to properly investigate crimes, some members are directly implicated in corruption and murder.  And the judicial system is failing to achieve justice for crimes and gross human rights violations.

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¡Seguimos Adelante! Help LAWG Refuel this Summer!

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I’m ecstatic about our past six months! Together we’ve proven that much can be accomplished. 

In under two months, you and 4,400 other LAWGistas signed a petition delivered to the White House asking for victims’ participation in the Colombian peace process, the creation of a truth commission, and the reshaping of U.S. aid to promote peace, not war.

You and over 9,000 others have made it clear that Cuba shouldn’t be on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, or as we refer to it, the “Terrorist List.” If you apply the criteria described by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking North Korea off the list in 2008—no support for terrorism in the last twenty years – the removal of Cuba from this list is long overdue! Can you believe our government places Cuba in the same category with Iran, Syria, and Sudan?

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Secretary Kerry: What is Going on in Honduras?

It has been four years since the coup in Honduras, and human rights activists are STILL facing threats and assassinations. The eruption of violence since then has reached new levels as the Honduran police have been accused of participating in extrajudicial killings, the same police agents that receive aid and training from the U.S. government. 

Take action today to end U.S. support of violence and push for justice in Honduras! 

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