Advocating for Human Rights in Honduras
The Sisters of Mercy have been responding to human rights abuses in Honduras, a country in which we live and minister, ever since a coup in that country in June 2009. Mercy delegations from the United States have visited Honduras and, upon their return, work with other human rights defenders to urge Congress and the State Department to withhold assistance to Honduran security forces until respect for human rights and the rule of law are restored.
The human rights situation in Honduras following the presidential election in late November has exploded. Our sisters and associates and other human rights activists in the country tell us of violence by state security forces against protestors calling for a recount or new elections, given concerns about the legitimacy of the results. Since the premature declaration of a winner and the U.S. recognition of that declaration, repression of protesters has only increased.
The leadership of the Sisters of Mercy has been in close touch with our Honduran sisters and associates. Members of the Institute Leadership Team and Institute Justice Team have reached out to U.S. senators and participated in a vigil in front of the U.S. State Department to call attention to the situation in Honduras. We will continue to raise visibility on what is happening and, in so doing, provide some measure of protection for activists and protestors. Urge your legislators to demand actions of solidarity.
Fifty-six faith leaders and social justice advocates from the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Argentina and El Salvador including Sister Kathleen Erickson, Sister Marilyn Goettemoeller, Sister Ana Siufi, Jean Stokan (Institute Justice Team) and Roxana Bendezu traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras January 24-30 to be in solidarity with our sisters and associates there, and to observe first-hand the continuing widespread civil unrest. This emergency interfaith delegation seeks an immediate end to the violence, bloodshed and arrests in Honduras; a halt to military and police repression of the Honduran people and attacks on human rights advocates; termination of U.S. financial aid to the Honduran security forces; and meaningful broad-based dialogue for peace. Read more about this emergency delegation. See daily updates from this delegation.
UPDATE: Emergency Faith Delegation Witnesses Civil Unrest in Honduras
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