honduras represion december 2017

Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) is alarmed by attacks carried out by Honduran police and military officers, following orders by president Juan Orlando Hernández, during the numerous demonstrations in Honduras in defence of the popular vote expressed last Sunday against the Dictatorship, and against ongoing electoral fraud.

In the last few hours we have learned of the murder of a child in the El Pedregal community, Tegucigalpa, and of an adult in La Ceiba, Atlántida department. But the attacks against the people who are resisting the Dictatorship, its latest Coup and electoral fraud are taking place throughout the country, especially in poor areas and neighborhoods.

As ATALC we would like to express our deepest solidarity with the people who are mobilizing to defend their vote against the re-election of candidate Juan Orlando Hernández. At an international level we denounce the attacks by the government against the right to protest and the most fundamental human rights.

We call on the international community to demand the Honduran government protects and allows civil liberties, the right to demonstrate and protects human rights. The silence of international governments, countries and bodies means they are complicit in the action of the murderous government of Honduras.

We also join international demands that the Supreme Electoral Court of Honduras delays the announcement of an election winner until an internationally supervised recount of ballots takes place, including those ballots sent for auditing as a result of supposed irregularities.

It is with horror that ATALC witnesses these new attempts against life by the administration of Juan Orlando Hernández, who is trying to remain in power at any cost, with the support of US military intervention and the transnational capital. We remain alert, in solidarity with the Honduran people mobilizing in the streets, with actions in our countries to denounce and exert pressure against the Honduran Dictatorship.

Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC)