STATEMENT: A call to the European Union - Human rights violations continue in Honduras
6/3/18 - As representatives of member organisations of the Pax Christi International working group on extractive industries in Latin America, we join the voices (1) of those expressing great concern about violations of the human rights of social movement leaders, human rights defenders and opposition leaders by Honduran State security forces. These violations increased during the electoral processes in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
During the visit in January of an emergency delegation of religious leaders (which included a representative of Pax Christi International), we witnessed the grave political and social situation in the country (2). In the last three months, the lack of respect and the gap between the people and their state officials have grown due to corruption and the fragility of Honduran institutions.
On the occasion of the commemoration of the murder of Berta Cáceres and in honour of her memory, we call on the European Union (EU) to urge the Honduran government to stop the repression of the Honduran people. Specifically, we ask the European Union to:
- Publicly support the work of human rights defenders and social leaders in the opposition.
- Request the Honduran State to comply with international human rights obligations, as a premise for good governance and true rule of law.
- As part of the EU-civil society roadmap, make visible the legitimate actions of Honduran organisations exercising their right to free expression and free movement via peaceful demonstrations.
- Support the actions of the newly created Secretariat of Human Rights to guarantee its effectiveness and to assure that it not add to the frustration of the Honduran people.
- Continue to support the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) politically and financially, so that its action impacts the fight against corruption, despite maneuvers to hinder its work.
We welcome the EU statement of 8 February 2018 which calls upon competent Honduran authorities to fully and transparently investigate all occurrences of violence and death during the protests, while guaranteeing the right to peaceful demonstration.
Effective dialogue cannot be accomplished on the basis of excessive use of force, stigmatising social protest or political, economic and social exclusion. Trust will be achieved through acts of respect for the people as a primary constituent.
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi Toronto, Canada
Pax Christi Montréal, Canada
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, USA
Comisión Justicia y Paz CRC, Colombia
Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida, Colombia
Corporación SOS Ambiental, Colombia
Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente (DHUMA),
member Pax Christi Perú
Servicio Paz y Justicia SERPAJ, Chile
Servicio Pax y Justicia SERPAJ, Paraguay
Servicio Internacional para la Paz (SIPAZ), Mexico
- Such as the open letter to the EU on the worrying human rights situation during the post-electoral period of the EU-LAT Network, Protection International, Frontline Defenders , OMCT, CIDSE of 6 February 2018, online available at: http://www.cifcaeu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Open-letter-EU-HRD-Hon....
- The report about Pax Christi International its participation in the 24-30 January emergency delegation of religious leaders to Honduras can be consulted through this website: http://www.paxchristi.net/news/honduras-report-24-30-january-emergency-d...
Advocacy Priority: Extractives in Latin Ameria