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Election observation mission in Honduras

Water cannon tank coming through the cloud of tear gas in San Pedro Sula on Election Day, 2013

Human rights violations in Honduras have grown to an alarming level, placing human right defenders, labour leaders, journalists and even international accompaniers in extreme danger.  In November 2013, the SJF supported UNE member, Armando Perla from the Winnipeg Human Rights Museum, to participate in an observatory mission during the Honduran presidential elections. This delegation was organized by Common Frontiers in order to protect those in Honduran civil society who were being targeted for their opposition to the coup government.

Human Rights Observers from Canada, US and other countries witnessed heavily armed military and police forces brutally attack peaceful protestors on Nov. 29, elections day in San Pedro Sula. Several people were injured and a number of arrests were made.

Prior to this initiative, the SJF worked closely with CoDev to facilitate the visit of six PSAC delegates to Honduras in order to assure an ongoing accompaniment of Honduran organizations in 2011. Four young members of the PSAC – two from BC, one from the North and one from the Prairies – participated in an important and unique opportunity to see first-hand the beneficial outcomes of international union solidarity and the importance of social justice programs. Moreover, two health and safety representatives from the BC region also spent 10 days visiting with garment workers in Honduras.   

Last Updated on: February 18, 2016