Reports from the delegation

Report 11 - Nov 28, 2013
Report 10 - Nov 28, 2013
Report 9 - Nov 27, 2013
Report 8 - Nov 23, 2013
Report 7 - Nov 23, 2013
Report 6 - Nov 23, 2013
Report 5 - Nov 22, 2013
Report 4 - Nov 16, 2013
Report 3 - Nov 13, 2013
Report 2 - Nov 11, 2013
Report 1 - Nov 10, 2013


Information on Honduras

-In post-coup Honduras, rising poverty and inequality, report says - Nov 6 2013


- Honduran Union Leader Faces Death Threats


-Subcommittee on International Human Rights Committee on June 6th, 2013


-Canada backs profits, not human rights, in Honduras - The Toronto Star, Aug 16, 2011


-Honduras Accompaniment Project - Proah
Summary Of Human Rights Issues And Events In Honduras
July, August & September 2013


-Post-Coup Polarisation Marks Honduran Election Campaign - May 29 2103


-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)


-Survey shows Honduran citizens expect electoral fraud, and are dissatisfied with democracy - Sept 10 2013


-Al menos 280 observadores internacionales propondrá Libre - Nueva Republica


-Honduras' Zelaya could bounce back as wife runs for election - Oct 22 2013


-Honduran cameraman murdered - Oct 24 2013


-Honduras: One Muddy Election a Comin' - Sept 26 2013


-Public Security Looms Large as Honduras Vote Nears - Oct 23 2013


-South American leaders should help Hondurans fighting for democracy - Oct 29 2013


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Canadian-based Human Rights & Elections Monitoring Delegation November 2013

honduras-electionCommon 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.

Report 11 - Nov 28, 2013

Canada has blood on its hands in Honduras

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.

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Report 10 - Nov 28, 2013

Open Letter in Solidarity with Social Movements, and Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

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.

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Report 9 - Nov 27, 2013

Movimientos sociales denuncian irregularidades

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

Movimientos sociales, redes y organizaciones de la Región se pronuncian ante las elecciones en Honduras

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.

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Report 8 - Nov 23, 2013

Interview with Radio Canada International

Raul Burbano sent along a link to an interview he conducted with Radio Canada International

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Report 7 - Nov 23, 2013

Alarming escalation in the intimidation towards International Election Observers and Accompaniers in Honduras

trucksToday 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”.

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Report 6 - Nov 23, 2013

HSN – Northern Zone Statement on Immigration Harrassment of Delegation

By Raul Burbanotrucks

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.

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Report 5 - Nov 22, 2013

Acompañantes de los Estados Unidos y Canadá Llegan a Honduras

La delegación más grande de acompañantes electorales y observadores de derechos humanos tendrá presencia en 10 departamentos

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.,...

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Report 4 - Nov 16, 2013

For Immediate Release

International Election Observers Head to Honduras

(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).

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Report 3 - Nov 13, 2013

Why Canada and the U.S. are on the 'Wrong Side of Democracy'

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.

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Report 2 - Nov 11, 2012

Going to Honduras – the reasons are simple

By Robert Lovelace

electionYou 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.

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The First Report - Nov 11, 2013

Honduras - Trade and Investment at the Expense of Human Rights

Open Letter condemning the Canada-Honduras FTA

Raul Burbano, Program Director of Common Frontiers
Stacey Gomez, Coordinator of the Americas Policy Group

handshakeAs 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.

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