- Link to photo-essay by James Rodriguez, “Wartime Victims Exhumed From Former Military Base Return to Pambach”
- Links to previous Rights Action pieces, addressing on-going struggles for truth, memory and justice
- Results of Honduran Elections Fraudulently Changed, Says European Union Observer (UpsideDownWorld)
- Honduras Candidate Makes Case for Election Fraud (New York Times)
- Honduras Election Results Challenged (Associated Press)
According to Leo Gabriel, the European delegation had a heated internal debate about the preparation of its report. On Tuesday Nov. 26, the European Union electoral observation mission (EU-EOM) presented a preliminary report on the Honduran elections to the national and international press. Despite demonstrating “serious signs of trafficking in [election worker] credentials and other irregularities”, in addition to a “clear imbalance in the visibility of different [political] parties in the media” and “a lack of transparency in electoral campaign financing,” the mission gave high marks “in terms of voting transparency as well respect for the will of voters in the tabulation.”
Report from Sarah Blaskey, intern with Democracy Now! en Español. www.democracynow.org/es
As of 5 p.m. on November 25, ruling National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernández remains in the lead with 38 percent of votes, according to the results processed by the electoral tribunal from 60 percent of polling stations. Xiomara Castro, the candidate for the upstart Libre party trails with 29 percent. Hernandez and Castro both declared victory on November 24, when less than half of the polling stations’ results had been processed.
The official election campaign ended as of Monday night and now comes the "period of silence" prior to the voting on November 24th, but the concerns about the general atmosphere and abuses continue.
Honduras is one of the targets of contemporary Canadian colonialism. The Canada/Honduran Free Trade agreement is all but ironed out. The last wrinkle is the election on November 24th. The environmental assessment for the agreement was simple; anything that might have been controversial was considered a state secret and remained confidential.
Murders of journalists, lawyers, and Indigenous and campesino people involved in land and resource struggles continue in the country, which has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. People involved with the LIBRE party have also become targets. Rights Action’s [Karen] Spring has been researching pre-electoral political violence and compiled a list of murders and armed attacks on political party-affiliated candidates, campaigners, and activists between May 2012 and October 19, 2013.
On Veteran’s Day across the United States, Remembrance Day across Canada, cities and towns are filled with fluttering flags. Parades wind solemnly to cemeteries. The media provides full-on reporting about American and Canadian families who have lost loved ones in wars and interventions across the planet, who now care for wounded loved ones returned from wars and interventions across the planet.
- Los Angeles Times article
- Open Letter, from Canadian groups, condemning the Canada-Honduras FTA