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Honduras 10 Years After the Coup – The Uprising You Are Not Hearing About

For 10 years, Hondurans have maintained a powerful resistance to demand real democracy, community based and driven development and a “refounding of the country. Today, Teachers and Health Care workers have ignited the latest upsurge as they refuse to accept the regime’s dismantling of public education and health care. Join HSN in this webinar to find out the latest news on this uprising that is not being covered in mainstream media. Learn about the support the Honduran dictatorship gets from the US and Canada and how you can support the Honduran People.

Register Here for a free Webinar on June 19th at 5:30pm Pacific, 6:30 Mountain, 7:30 Central and 8:30 Eastern.

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Press Release: June 6, 2019

U.S.-CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION INSIDE U.S. EMBASSY DURING ALERT OVER BURNING TIRES.

A human rights delegation organized by HSN members and others was in Honduras at the time of the tire burning at the US Embassy and massive protests against the Honduran government and issued this press release about criminalization and intimidation of protest. For the link to the original press release and more information go to the organization Cross Borders                                                                                          

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U.S.-CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION INSIDE U.S. EMBASSY DURING ALERT OVER BURNING TIRES.

WE DEMAND A VOICE AGAINST CORRUPT HONDURAN GOVERNMENT RATHER THAN CALLING FOR CRIMINALIZION OF PROTESTING YOUTH

A group of fifteen American and Canadian citizens traveled to Honduras this past week to investigate why thousands of Hondurans are fleeing their home country. On Friday June 1st, we met with U.S. Embassy representatives Dana Deree – Consul General and Acting Charge’ d’Affaires, and Nate Rettenmayer – Human Rights and Migration Officer, on the topic of migration and ongoing human rights abuses.

During our meeting, protesters outside the embassy set fire to a stack of tires at the entrance of the building.The embassy went into full alert. Sirens blared and speakers bellowed: “Duck and cover!” Our delegation was required to remain in the conference room, then the hall, until we were escorted out by a helmeted soldier. At no time, however, did any of us feel that we were in any danger. When we emerged, we found our Honduran friend who was waiting for us with eyes were streaming from tear gas and three kinds of Honduran police.

Subsequently the Consular Section cancelled all visa interviews for a week, stating it was “Due to the damage done by these criminals.” Almost immediately, the Honduran government arrested Rommel Valdemar Herrera Portillo, a 23-year-old activist, son of two teachers, and charged him with aggravated arson and property damage and shipped him off to the La Tolva maximum security prison.

As U.S. and Canadian citizens, we are appalled, and we protest. First because it now appears the whole incident was a setup. Unknown agents diverted a march headed for a Honduran human rights office to the embassy grounds where unknown parties had

conveniently positioned the tires. Second the La Tolva prison is a U.S.-style hellhole where political prisoners Edwin Espinal and Raul Alvarez, are awaiting trial since January 2018 for property damage caused during a demonstration against electoral fraud. They, along with Herrera now are housed alongside convicted violent criminals. On a visit the previous day to La Tolva we witnessed multiple instances of cruel and unusual punishment. Third, we can’t help but notice that the U.S. refused to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. from attacks by the Juan Guaido forces, thus violating both Venezuelan sovereignty and the Vienna Convention. However, in Tegucigalpa the Embassy’s own private security forces lounged in the courtyard at a picnic table inside while Honduran police conveniently absented themselves on the outside just as the demonstrators were tricked into marching to the Embassy. Yet the Embassy issues a statement calling protesters criminals for throwing tires on a fire set by provocateurs.

Surely we don’t like or approve of property damage, but we are concerned that protesters involved in damaging property get prosecuted while police and military who kill protesters don’t even get investigated. We think using live ammunition to shoot down dozens of protestors in the streets, as the Hernandez government did after the 2017 election fraud, and throwing them away into inhumane prisons is far worse than burning some tires, and we expect our government to think so too and do something about it.

Background

Protests are growing nation-wide against the privatization of healthcare and education and the increasing illegitimacy of the Juan Orlando Hernandez regime. As our group traveled from San Pedro Sula in the North to near Danli in the Southeast we saw marches, highway blockages, and burning tires just about everywhere we went. Honduras is increasingly torn apart by a government that provides not a shred of public accountability and is corrupt from the Presidency down to small town mayors. In our investigation we found not, as President Trump declares, that criminals are leaving Honduras for the U.S. Rather, that people leave so that they will not be forced to become criminals or be killed for refusing. Youth, like Herrera, protest the injustice and are criminalized in a system that no longer offers them any future.

In the privatization standoff, the U.S. is calling for dialogue with military assassins and drug traffickers. Last week the New York Times reported that President Hernandez is under investigation for drug trafficking as his brother awaits trial for the same. People are fleeing for their lives but Consul Deree said a major reason they leave is “climate change.” We wonder if Trump would agree.

The Cross Border Network is a Kansas City based non-profit that supports human rights of immigrants and across borders.

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Enough is Enough! Stop all US and Canadian support for dictatorship in Honduras.

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May 31, 2019    EMERGENCY ACTION

Enough is Enough! Stop all US and Canadian support for dictatorship in Honduras. Support the Honduran people in resistance!

Call and/or email your Congress Representative, Senator or Parliamentarian today (May 31). Tell them to take a position against the human rights violations in Honduras and against US/Canadian funding and support for Honduran security forces that are being used against the people. 

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Thousands of Hondurans are in the streets to respond the call for a two day national action and strike for May 30-31 to defend public education and public health in the face of new attacks on public services by Juan Orlando Hernández’s regime.  The response of the US/Canadian supported Honduran government to the protests that covered the entire country has been repression and death. On May 30, 3 people were killed in Choloma and 3 others in Guanacaste. In Siguatepeque, professor Carlos Alfonso was wounded by live bullets shot by Honduran police: he lost his right kidney as consequence of the attack. In the same way, dozens of human rights observers and journalist denounced attacks by security forces. 

The protests are a non-violent uprising of the people against the dictatorship. The marches, highway take-overs in rural areas, occupations of public schools by parents and students, mobilizations of teacher and health care workers unions, campesinos, indigenous communities, taxi drivers and university students are being met with violence, tear gas and live ammunition from the US-imposed and Canadian-supported dictatorship. The night before the national strike, a teacher was assassinated in his home by a death squad. 

Demonstrations will continue on May 31 despite the violence increased since the recent electoral crisis of November 2017, when JOH was imposed through fraud and violence. While more than 20 people and at least 15 journalists have been killed by security forces and death squads, and while Juan Orlando himself and his brother have been either charged or are under investigation for being part of narcotic cartels, we say enough is enough! We demand a stop of all US and Canadian support for dictatorship in Honduras. 

Support the Honduran people in resistance. Call your Congressperson, Senator or Parliamentarian today (May 31). 

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!Ya Basta!  Alto a todo el apoyo estadounidense y canadiense a la dictadura en Honduras. ¡Apoya al pueblo hondureño en resistencia!

Acción: Llame y / o envíe un correo electrónico a su Representante del Congreso, Senador o Parlamentario hoy (31 de mayo). Dígales que tomen una posición contra las violaciones de los derechos humanos en Honduras y contra el financiamiento y apoyo de Estados Unidos / Canadá para las fuerzas de seguridad hondureñas que están siendo utilizadas contra el pueblo.

Miles de hondureños se encuentran en las calles para responder al llamado para una acción nacional de dos días del 30 al 31 de mayo para defender la educación pública y la salud pública ante los nuevos ataques a los servicios públicos por parte del régimen de Juan Orlando Hernández. La respuesta del gobierno hondureño apoyado por Estados Unidos y Canadá ante las protestas que cubrieron todo el país ha sido la represión y la muerte. El 30 de mayo, 3 personas fueron asesinadas en Choloma y otras 3 en Guanacaste por agentes del gobierno. En Siguatepeque, el profesor Carlos Alfonso fue herido por balas reales disparadas por la policía hondureña: perdió su riñón derecho como consecuencia del ataque. Del mismo modo, decenas de observadores de derechos humanos y periodistas denunciaron los ataques de las fuerzas de seguridad.

Las protestas son un levantamiento no-violento del pueblo contra la dictadura. Las marchas, las tomas de carreteras en áreas rurales, las ocupaciones de escuelas públicas por padres y estudiantes, las movilizaciones de los sindicatos de los maestros y de los trabajadores de la salud, los campesinos, las comunidades indígenas, los taxistas y los estudiantes universitarios se enfrentan con violencia, gases lacrimógenos y balas vivas, de la dictadura impuesta por Estados Unidos y apoyada por Canadá. La noche antes de la huelga nacional, un maestro fue asesinado en su casa por un escuadrón de la muerte.

Las manifestaciones continuarán el 31 de mayo a pesar de que la violencia gubernamental ha aumentado desde la reciente crisis electoral de noviembre de 2017, cuando JOH se impuso por fraude y violencia. Desde entonces más de 20 personas y al menos 15 periodistas han sido asesinados por las fuerzas de seguridad y los escuadrones de la muerte. Ademas, el mismo Juan Orlando y su hermano han sido acusados ​​o están bajo investigación por ser parte de cárteles del narcotráfico, ¡decimos que ya basta! Exigimos que se detenga todo el apoyo estadounidense y canadiense a la dictadura en Honduras.

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¡Alto a la violencia y criminalización contra las comunidades campesinas!

17 de Abril – Día Internacional  de la Lucha Campesina

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Desde la Red de Solidaridad con Honduras expresamos nuestra más profunda preocupación y total rechazo a la más reciente ola de violencia y violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en contra de los grupos campesinos afiliados a la Central Nacional de los Trabajadores del Campo – CNTC en la zona de San Pedro de Tutule, La Paz, el domingo 14 de abril. 

De los informes que recibimos destacamos:

– El grupo Nueva Alianza, en el sector de Concepción de Soluteca,y el grupo5 de Abril, del sector del Matazano en Tutule, fueron atacados por elementos policiales y grupos paramilitares de hombres vestidos de civil fuertemente armados. Balas vivas y gases lacrimógenos fueron usados en contra de campesinos desarmados y en sus propios tierras. Para salvar sus vidas, varios integrantes de las comunidades tuvieron que esconderse toda la noche en las montañas. Muchas personas más resultaron heridas por golpes y con problemas de respiración a consecuencia de los gases.

– Desde el domingo 14 de abril, dos líderes campesinos de la CNTC en La Paz han recibido serias amenazas de muerte: Sebastian Reyes, secretario general de la CNTC en la región de La Paz, y Luis Calis, miembro de la Junta Directiva Nacional de la CNTC y reconocido líder de las comunidades campesinas y lencas en la región.

Testigos advierten que en el caso de Nueva Alianza, el señor Felipe Santos es responsable del conflicto con los campesinos. En el caso del grupo 5 de Abril, el señor Manuel Iván Fiallos es quien ha generado conflicto por la tierra. Ninguno de los dos ha podido mostrar documentos que respalden su posesión de las tierras ante los campesinos. De acuerdo a testimonios, los dos son gente con influencia política y con la policía. Particularmente, el señor Fiallos fue diputado en el Congreso Nacional. Tanto Santos como Fiallos están relacionados con el señor José Herminio Ortiz, quien es reconocido por su manejo de un grupo en La Paz que actúa violentamente en contra de los campesinos.

En el marco  del Día Internacional de la Lucha Campesina el 17 de Abril, también denunciamos la criminalización de la lucha por la tierra en Honduras. Además de los ataques y desalojos violentos, acompañados de la destrucción de sembradíos y viviendas, el resultado de la criminalización se ha reflejado en el asesinato de varios campesinos y el procesamiento legal de 3 mil campesinos en todo Honduras, de los cuales 2 mil son miembros de los grupos de la CNTC ubicados en 14 departamentos del país. En verdad hay una guerra en contra de quienes luchan por defender la tierra y la vida. 

Desde la Red de Solidaridad con Honduras y demás grupos aliados queremos dejar en claro que la CNTC y la población campesina hondureña no están solas. Nuestra voz es parte de una amplia red que trabaja en su defensa y que denuncia firmemente los actos de violencia en contra de comunidades campesinas y rechaza las amenazas de muerte en contra de Luis Calis y Sebastián Reyes. Denunciamos la colaboración entre los poderes regionales, la  policía y los grupos paramilitares en la violencia y amenazas en contra de las comunidades Nueva Alianza, 5 de Abril, y todas las comunidades campesinas afiliadas a la CNTC. Responsabilizamos a las autoridades municipales, departamentales y nacionales de cualquier amenaza y ataque en contra de los lìderes campesinos Luis Calis y Sebastián Reyes.

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La Red de Solidaridad con Honduras en Norte América esta compuesta de 30 organizaciones en los EEUU y Canada. 

17 de Abril 2017 

April 17 – International Day of Campesino Struggle

Stop the violence and criminalization against campesino communities!

The Honduras Solidarity Network declares our deep concern and complete condemnation of the most recent wave of violence and human rights violations against campesino groups affiliated with the National Center of Rural Workers (Central Nacional de los Trabajadores del Campo – CNTC) in the San Pedro de Tutule area of La Paz on Sunday, April 14. 

We highlight the following points from the reports we have received:

  • The campesino group Nueva Alianza in Concepción de Soluteca area and the campesino group 5 de Mayo in the Matazano area of Tutule were attacked by police and paramilitary groups (heavily armed men in civilian clothes). Live ammunition and tear gas was used against the unarmed campesinos on their own land. To save their lives, some of the community members had to hide in the mountains all night. Many persons were injured by beatings and suffered respiratory problems as a result of the tear gas. 
  • Since Sunday, Abril 14, two campesino leaders from the CNTC in La Paz have received serious death threats: Sebastian Reyes, General Secretary of the CNTC for the La Paz region and Luis Calis, member of the National Executive Board of the CNTC and a renowned leader in the campesino and Lenca indigenous communities in the region. 

Witnesses say that in the case of Nueva Alianza, a man named Felipe Santos is responsible for the conflict with the campesinos. In the case of the 5 de Abril group, it is Manuel Iván Fiallos who has created the conflict over the land. Neither person has been able to show any documents that support their claim to ownership of the land. According to testimonies, both are people with political influence and influence with the police. Mr. Fiallo, in particular, was a representative in the National Congress of Honduras. Both Santo and Fiallos are linked to José Herminio Ortiz who is known for running a group that carries out violence against the campesinos in La Paz.

On the occasion of the International Day of Campesino Struggle on April 17, we also denounce the criminalization of the struggle for land in Honduras. Besides the violent attacks and evictions that include the destruction of crops and housing, criminalization  is reflected in the assassination of numerous campesinos and the criminal prosecution of 3 thousand  campesinos in all of Honduras of which 2 thousand are members of CNTC groups located in 14 provinces in the country. Truly there is a war against those who struggle to defend land and life.

The Honduras Solidarity Network and allied groups want to make clear that the CNTC and the Honduran campesino population are not alone. Our voices are part of a broad network that works in their defense and strongly denounces acts of violence against the campesino communities and the death threats against Luis Calis and Sebstián Reyes.  We denounce the collaboration of the regional elites, the police and the paramilitary groups in the violence and threats against the communities of Nueva Alianza, 5 de Abril, and all of the communities affiliated to the CNTC. We hold the municipal, provincial and national authorities responsible for any attacks against the campesino leaders, Luis Calis and Sebastián Reyes. 

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April 17, 2019

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The Honduras Solidarity Network is made up of 30 organizations in the US and Canada. 

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Support HSN Today

December 2018                                      Donations can be made online HERE. 

Dear Friends, 

As you know, it has been another hard year in Honduras. 

From the human rights crisis generated by the 2017 electoral fraud to the refugee caravan fleeing neoliberal policies and the on-going national crisis sparked by the 2009 military coup, the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN)’s work has remained steady, strong, effective, (hard) and inspiring. 

In 2018, the HSN was proud to be a major part of the international campaigning to free political prisoners in Honduras. Together with our Honduran partners and allies, 

 the HSN played a role in freeing 28 political prisoners from pre-trial imprisonment over the course of this year despite the difficult political, economic and social conditions under the dictatorship of the Juan Orlando Hernandez government. This campaign continues to demand the release of the remaining political prisoners. Our participation in the political prisoner campaign flows out of the HSN’s work since the fraudulent elections of 2017 as we  also educate the public and elected officials on the consequences of US and Canadian support for the post-coup dictatorship.  

November 2017 Election Crisis

Our in-country coordinator, Karen Spring and our US-based coordinator, Vicki Cervantes and the 30+ organizations that are part of the HSN, carried out the following (and much more) human rights and solidarity work this year: 

  • Continued organizing around the demand that the US stop funding repression in Honduras and that the US and Canada end military/police aid and other support for a corrupt, anti-democratic regime. 
  • Organized two trips to both Washington D.C. and Ottawa, Canada to speak with the State Department, US Congressional reps and Senators, Members of Parliament, and various NGOs and solidarity activists.
  • Participated and coordinated a press conference and theatrical protest action with various Canadian NGOs on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada 
  • Accompanied the Berta Caceres’ trial in Tegucigalpa and used social media and press  to share the facts of the case and the family’s exposure of the government’s refusal to investigate and prosecute the intellectual authors of the assassination of Berta. 
  • Led international campaign actions demanding freedom of Honduran political prisoners & justice for over 35 people killed in the post electoral crisis.
  • Posted daily on Facebook and Twitter about urgent actions, information about refugee caravan and moment-to-moment updates about post-electoral crisis, protests, and repression. 
  • Organized four webinars to provide information and analysis on the post-electoral crisis, political prisoners and the refugee exodus. 
  • Provided in-country assistance to international journalists, researchers, and academics. 
  • Provided assistance on asylum cases for Honduran activists fleeing repression.
  • Coordinated and led two delegations to Honduras to provide accompaniment for communities and organizations at risk and create people to people solidarity.  
  • Provided emergency financial support for families of victims and the injured from electoral crisis, and community  leaders fleeing persecution and state-led violence. 
  • Created and strengthened  existing ties with European Honduran solidarity groups to build international support for the Honduran people.   
April 2018 Delegation 

The Honduran people won’t give up opposition to dictatorship and the HSN won’t ever give up supporting the demands of the Honduran social movement through solidarity efforts, in-country accompaniment, documentation, research, campaigning and educating the U.S. and Canadian population about the role of North American policies in generating the root causes of the refugee caravan and the human rights crisis in the country.  

The HSN was able to do all of this work with only one paid staff member, our Honduras-based Coordinator. Your support keeps us going. Please consider donating to the HSN in 2019. 

Donations can be made online HERE. 

We hope to see you in Honduras on our next solidarity delegation! 

In Solidarity,

Karen Spring, In-Country Coordinator

Vicki Cervantes, US Coordinator

Honduras Solidarity Network HSN

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One Year Later – A Call to Solidarity

One year later – A Call to Solidarity 

Honduran regime uses violence against its people – US uses violence against refugees fleeing Honduras.

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On Monday, November 26, 2018, Honduran authorities fired massive amounts of tear gas and opened fire with live bullets on a large protest march in Tegucigalpa to mark the one year anniversary of the November 2017 election fraud. At least 3 people were wounded, one of them, Geovanni Sierra, was working as a reporter for UNE-TV when he was shot. This happened one day after the US Border Patrol shot rubber bullets and quantities of tear gas across the border into Mexico at the refugees, most fleeing from Honduras, who are being held back from entering the US. Only 2 days before that incident the brother of the defacto president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez was arrested at the Miami Airport for being part of the narcotics trafficking organized crime in Honduras. These three incidents in 4 days, are just the tip of the iceberg of the crisis of US policy, and a dictatorial regime and its violence and corruption. 

On November 26, 2017, Honduras went to the polls in an election that was a face off between the right wing National Party sitting president JOH (who ran for reelection unconstitutionally) and the Alianza, an alliance between the anti-coup/resistance Party LIBRE and members of the Anti-Corruption Party. But, instead of the election allowing Honduras to take a new path to restore democracy and make the country livable for the people, blatant election fraud,  a new wave of repression and continuing impunity and corruption plunged the country even deeper into crisis.

That crisis began with the US backed 2009 coup, and after the 2017 election (also supported by the US), it is deeper and broader than ever before. It is this crisis that is pushing thousands of Hondurans out of their country. 

As the Honduran people continue organizing, we respond with a call for solidarity to support the people fighting for change in Honduras and to support the people fighting for survival in the refugee exodus. 

We demand that the US and Canada stop all support for the Honduran regime. We support the Honduran people’s demand for freedom for all the political prisoners and for justice for all the victims of the regime. We demand that the US stop the repression against the refugees, open the borders to those being pushed out of their countries and end the militarization of the border and violence against all migrants and refugees. 

November 28, 2018     Honduras Solidarity Network of North America

Un año después – Un llamado a la  solidaridad.

El régimen hondureño usa la violencia contra su gente; Estados Unidos usa la violencia contra los refugiados que huyen de Honduras.

El lunes 26 de noviembre de 2018, las autoridades hondureñas dispararon enormes cantidades de gases lacrimógenos y dispararon balas vivas en contra de una gran marcha de protesta en Tegucigalpa para conmemorar el primer aniversario del fraude electoral de noviembre de 2017. Al menos 3 personas resultaron heridas, una de ellas, Geovanni Sierra, trabajaba como reportero para UNE-TV cuando recibió un disparo. Esto sucedió un día después de que la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos disparara balas de goma y grandes cantidades de gas lacrimógeno -a través de la frontera hacia México- a la Caravana de Refugiados, la mayoría huyendo de Honduras, a quienes se les está impidiendo ingresar a los Estados Unidos. Sólo 2 días antes de este incidente, el hermano del presidente de hondureño de facto, Juan Orlando Hernández, fue arrestado en el aeropuerto de Miami por ser integrante del crimen organizado, con vínculos con el narcotráfico, en Honduras. Estos tres incidentes en 4 días son únicamente la punta del iceberg de la crisis de las políticas estadounidenses en Honduras y de un régimen dictatorial, con en su violencia y corrupción.

 El 26 de noviembre de 2017, Honduras acudió a las urnas en una elección en la que se enfrentaron la derecha con el Partido Nacional y el presidente JOH a la cabeza (quien se postuló para la reelección de manera inconstitucional), y Alianza, una coalición entre el anti-golpista/resistente Partido LIBRE y miembros del Partido Anticorrupción. Estas elecciones, en vez de permitir a Honduras tomar un nuevo camino para restaurar la democracia y hacer que el país sea habitable para el pueblo, un flagrante fraude electoral, una nueva ola de represión, y la continua impunidad y corrupción sumieron al país en una crisis aún más profunda.

La crisis que comenzó con el golpe de estado de 2009 respaldado por los Estados Unidos, seguida de las elecciones de 2017 -también respaldadas por los Estados Unidos-, es más profunda y más amplia que nunca. Es esta crisis la que está expulsando a miles de hondureños de su país.

 Mientras el pueblo hondureño continúa organizándose, nosotros respondemos con un llamado a la solidaridad para apoyar al pueblo que lucha por el cambio en Honduras y al pueblo que lucha por sobrevivir en el éxodo de refugiados.

 Exigimos que los Estados Unidos y Canadá detengan todo apoyo al régimen hondureño. Apoyamos las demandas de libertad para todos los presos políticos y de justicia para todas las víctimas del régimen hechas por el pueblo Hondureño. Exigimos que los Estados Unidos detengan la represión contra los refugiados, que abra las fronteras a quienes están siendo expulsados de sus países, y que ponga fin a la militarización de la frontera y a la violencia contra todos los migrantes y refugiados.

28 de Noviembre 2018

Honduras Solidarity Network of North America

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Declaración por HSN sobre la Marcha de migrantes de Honduras

Marcha de migrantes de Honduras: una crisis de refugiados causada por la política de los Estados Unidos y sus socios

El 12 de octubre de 2018, cientos de mujeres, hombres, niños, jóvenes y ancianos decidieron abandonar Honduras como una respuesta desesperada para sobrevivir. El éxodo masivo que comenzó en la ciudad de San Pedro Sula alcanzó las más de 3 mil personas cuando el grupo cruzó a Guatemala. La caravana, que se dirige primero al norte de México, y a los Estados Unidos como objetivo, es la única alternativa que tiene esta gente para alcanzar un poco de la dignidad que se les ha arrebatado. No están solos en su viaje. Varias oleadas de hondureños, cuyo número aumenta a cada hora están siendo contenidas por las fuerzas de seguridad hondureñas en su frontera con El Salvador y Guatemala.

La Red de Solidaridad con Honduras en América del Norte condena cualquier amenaza y represión contra la caravana de refugiados, activistas de derechos humanos y periodistas que acompañan su viaje. Las condiciones de violencia, marginación y explotación en las cuales esta crisis de refugiados encuentra sus orígenes, han sido creadas, mantenidas y reproducidas por políticas de intervención social, económica y militar respaldadas por los Estados Unidos, con el apoyo de sus aliados canadienses y en la región. Hacemos un llamado a las personas en los Estados Unidos para que rechacen la criminalización, el enjuiciamiento, la detención, la deportación y la separación familiar que amenazan a los miembros de esta marcha y las vidas de todos los refugiados obligados a abandonar sus hogares de la misma manera. Instamos a un cambio en la política de los Estados Unidos en Honduras y a terminar la ayuda a las fuerzas de seguridad para detener los abusos a los derechos humanos y la violencia del gobierno contra los hondureños.

Esta crisis de refugiados se ha visto exacerbada por los gobiernos de Guatemala y México, que subordinados a la administración de Donald Trump, han elegido el camino de la represión. Bartolo Fuentes, periodista hondureño y portavoz de los refugiados, fue detenido en Guatemala. Mientras tanto, el gobierno mexicano ha enviado dos cargas de su Policía Nacional a la frontera con Guatemala. Irineo Mujica, activista de los derechos de los migrantes y fotoperiodista, fue arrestado en Chiapas por agentes del Instituto Nacional de Migración de México cuando se estaba preparando para apoyar la marcha de los migrantes hondureños. El viernes 19 de octubre, por la tarde, se lanzaron gases lacrimógenos contra el grupo cuando intentaban ingresar a México por el puente fronterizo.

La masiva huida forzada de personas de Honduras no es nueva. Es el legado de la intervención estadounidense en el país. Desde el golpe de estado respaldado por Estados Unidos en Honduras en 2009, el régimen posterior al golpe ha perpetuado un sistema basado en el desprecio por los derechos humanos, la impunidad, la corrupción, la represión y la influencia de los grupos del crimen organizado en el gobierno y en la élite del poder económico. Desde el golpe, hemos visto la destrucción de la educación pública y los servicios de salud a través de la privatización. La imposición de la minería, los megaproyectos hidroeléctricos y la concentración de tierras en la agroindustria ha sumido al 66 por ciento de la población hondureña en la pobreza y la pobreza extrema. En los últimos 9 años, hemos presenciado cómo el asesinato de Berta Cáceres y muchos otros activistas, líderes indígenas, abogados, periodistas, miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ y estudiantes ha provocado una crisis humanitaria. Esta crisis se refleja en el desplazamiento interno y el éxodo sin precedentes del pueblo hondureño que ha llamado la atención pública en los últimos días.

Las elecciones fraudulentas de noviembre de 2017 en las que Juan Orlando Hernández, presidente desde elecciones cuestionables en 2013, fue reelegido para un segundo mandato en violación de la constitución hondureña, provocó la indignación nacional. La indignación del pueblo se enfrentó a una campaña gubernamental extremadamente violenta con fuerzas de seguridad militares, entrenadas por los Estados Unidos, para reprimir las protestas contra el fraude. El resultado de la represión fue de más de 30 personas asesinadas por las fuerzas del gobierno, más de mil detenidos y actualmente hay 20 presos políticos en prisión preventiva.

A la represión, intimidación y criminalización que enfrentan los miembros de la caravana de refugiados, respondemos con un llamado a la solidaridad desde todos los rincones del mundo. Ante la violencia que ha provocado el éxodo masivo de cientos de miles de hondureños, exigimos el fin de la ayuda militar y de seguridad de los Estados Unidos al régimen de Juan Orlando, no como la herramienta de chantaje utilizada por Donald Trump, sino como una forma de Garantizar la protección de los derechos humanos del pueblo hondureño. Exigimos justicia para Berta Cáceres, para todas las víctimas de violencia política como consecuencia del régimen posterior al golpe, y la aprobación de la Ley de Derechos Humanos en Honduras. Berta Cáceres – HR1299. Exigimos libertad para todos los presos políticos en Honduras. Exigimos que Estados Unidos ponga fin a la criminalización, el encarcelamiento, la separación, la deportación y el asesinato de migrantes y refugiados.

Hoy luchamos para que cada paso, desde Honduras al norte de las Américas, sea digno y libre.

Red de Solidaridad con Honduras en América del Norte

19 de Octubre 2018

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Honduran Migrant March: A refugee crisis caused by US Policy and US Partners

 

 

Solidarity with Refugees and Migrants!

Honduran Migrant March — A refugee crisis caused by US Policy and US Partners

On October 12, 2018, hundreds of women, men, children, youth and the elderly decided to leave Honduras as a desperate response to survive. The massive exodus that began in the city of San Pedro Sula, reached more than 3 thousand people by the time the group crossed to Guatemala. The caravan, which is headed north to Mexico first, and to the United States as the goal- is the only alternative this people have to reach a bit of the dignity that has been taken from them. They are not alone in their journey. Various waves of Hondurans, whose numbers increase every hour, are being contained by Honduran security forces on their border with El Salvador and Guatemala.

The Honduras Solidarity Network in North America condemns any threats and acts of repression against the refugee caravan, human rights activists and journalists that accompany their journey. The conditions of violence, marginalization and exploitation in which this refugee crisis find its origins, have been created, maintained and reproduced by US-backed social, economic and military interventionist policies, with the support of its Canadian and regional allies. We call on people in the US to reject the criminalization, prosecution, detention, deportation and family separation that threaten the members of this march and the lives of all those refugees forced from their homes in the same way. We urge a change of US policy in Honduras and to cut off security aid to stop human rights abuses and government violence against Hondurans.

This refugee crisis has been exacerbated by the governments of Guatemala and Mexico, who subservient to Donald Trump’s administration, have chosen the path of repression. Bartolo Fuentes, a Honduran journalist and spokesperson for the refugees, has been detained in Guatemala. Meanwhile the Mexican government has sent two planeloads of its National Police to the border with Guatemala. Irineo Mujica, a migrant rights activist and photojournalist, was arrested in Chiapas by agents of the Mexican National Institute of Migration when he was getting ready to support the Honduran migrant march. Today (Friday) in the afternoon, tear gas was fired into the group as they tried to come into Mexico on the border bridge. Honduran human rights organizations report that a 7 month old baby was killed.

The massive forced flight of people from Honduras is not new; it is the legacy of US intervention in the country. Since the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras, the post-coup regime has perpetuated a system based on disregard for human rights, impunity, corruption, repression and the influence of organized crime groups in the government and in the economic power elite. Since the coup, we have seen the destruction of public education and health services through privatization. The imposition of mining, hydro-electric mega-projects and the concentration of land in agro-industry has plunged 66 percent of the Honduran population into poverty and extreme poverty. In the last 9 years, we have witnessed how the murder of Berta Cáceres and many other activists, indigenous leaders, lawyers, journalists, LGBTQ community members and students has triggered a humanitarian crisis. This crisis is reflected in the internal displacement and the unprecedented exodus of the Honduran people that has caught the public’s eye during recent days.

The fraudulent November 2017 elections, in which Juan Orlando Hernández -president since questionable elections in 2013- was re-elected for a second term in violation of the Honduran constitution, sparked a national outrage. The people’s outrage was confronted by an extremely violent government campaign with military and US-trained security forces to suppress the protests against the fraud. The result of the repression was more than 30 people killed by government forces, more than a thousand arrested and there are currently 20 political prisoners being held in pre-trial prison.

To the repression, intimidation and criminalization faced by the members of the refugee caravan, we respond with a call for solidarity from all the corners of the world. In the face of the violence that has led to the mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of Hondurans, we demand an end to US military and security aid to Juan Orlando’s regime, not as the blackmail tool used by Donald Trump, but as a way to guarantee the protection of the human rights of the Honduran people. We demand justice for Berta Cáceres, for all the victims of political violence as a consequence of the post coup regime, and the approval of the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act H.R. 1299. We demand freedom for all the  political prisoners in Honduras. We demand the US end the criminalization, imprisonment, separation, deportation and killing of migrants and refugees.

Today we fight so that every step, from Honduras to the north of the Americas, is dignified and free

Honduras Solidarity Network of North America

October 19, 2018

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