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Honduran human rights vs. Canadian trade policies

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As the Canadian government prepares to sign the Honduras Free Trade Agreement this fall with the country that has the distinction of being the murder capital of the world a delegation from Canada is preparing to visit Honduras to engage with civil society groups and monitor the Honduran presidential elections.

Join us for a discussion on the impact of Canadian investment on Honduran women working in the maquiladora sector. Also meet the delegation preparing to visit Honduras to witness first-hand the impacts of Canadian investment on communities. They will monitor and report on the human rights situation, and presidential electoral process.    

Maria Luisa Regalado- coordinator of CODEMUH (Honduran Women's Collective)

Bob Lovelace – Professor, and former chief of the Ardock Algonquin First Nations

Elio Ramirez -  Honduran- Canadian and Student of Latin American Studies  

 Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. Toronto

When: Friday October 25th  @ 7-9 pm  

FREE EVENT – FINGER FOOD & REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED

For more details see Facebook event

Background information

In 2009 the Honduran army staged a coup d'état under the pretext of a constitutional crisis that developed between the Supreme Court and democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.  The crisis was prompted by Zelaya’s attempts to schedule a non-binding poll on holding a referendum about convening a constituent assembly. Instead of bringing him to trial, Zelaya was kidnapped and sent into exile on 28 June 2009.  That same day, the Honduran Congress, in an extraordinary session, voted to remove him from office, after reading a false resignation letter attributed to President Zelaya, and appointed his constitutional successor, Roberto Micheletti as the new president.  The coup was widely condemned around the world including by all Latin American nations, the European Union, United States and the UN General Assembly. 

On November 24, 2013, Hondurans will be heading to the polls to elect a new president. This time civil society opposition has organized itself politically to partake in the electoral process under the political party Libertad y refundacion (LIBRE). Their political organizing has made them targets of violence and intimidation. Together with civil society and Human rights organizations they are denouncing the escalation of political violence and repression by the state in the lead up to the elections. They are calling for International Solidarity by inviting the international community and media to visit Honduras and observe the electoral process. 

Sponsored by Common Frontiers, CUPE – National, Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN), PSAC Social Justice Fund, Rights Action and The Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network

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