The Sister Cities/SHARE Foundation Honduras Elections Observation and Human Rights Solidarity delegation came together in El Progreso, a town outside of San Pedro Sula in northwest Honduras, on November 20th. Together, our diverse group of 50 people represented several organizations in El Salvador that work for solidarity and social justice, as well as a number of individuals from the US who have been active in solidarity work for many years. This wellspring of knowledge and experience came in useful during what proved to be a trying week, as we met with resistance leaders in the Bajo Aguan and tried to understand this context of uncertainty and repression. Ultimately we became witnesses to widescale electoral fraud and an equally widespread media coverup.Read more...
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November 11th, 2013
Click here to sign and share the petition today to help us collect 1000 signers by the end Monday, Nov 11 to deliver to the Archbishop! This petition will be presented to the Archbishop in the next week.
On September 30, Archbishop Escobar of San Salvador abruptly shut down the Archdiocese’s historic human rights office Tutela Legal - founded by martyred Archbishop Óscar Romero – and fired all staff. The employees and the thousands of Salvadoran war crimes survivors whose cases they represent were not consulted prior to the closure. Today the archives - containing over 50,000 cases of human rights violations, the majority committed by Salvadoran armed forces trained at the US School of the Americas during El Salvador’s civil war — are in jeopardy. To date, Archbishop Escobar has denied the survivors, former employees and even the country’s Human Rights Ombudsman access to the archives.Read more...
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November 14, 2013
At 4:30am this morning in San Salvador, three armed men forced their way into the office of Probusqueda, a prominent Salvadoran human rights organization that searches for and reunites children who were forcibly disappeared during the civil war with their families.
After the men attacked, tied up, and disarmed the security guard, they ascended to the second floor of the building, where Pro-Busqueda stored legal and advocacy documents, and burned archives containing police records that Probusqueda uses to search for lost children. They also stole two computers that held information concerning cases of the disappeared.
Support Human Rights, Democracy, and Sovereignty in El Salvador and Honduras!
The Honduran people currently face a situation similar to El Salvador in the 1970´s with increasing militarization, repression, and violent murders of activists and community leaders. In response to this growing crisis the people of El Salvador and Honduras call for solidarity and accompaniment. El Salvador solidarity organizations like Sister Cities are in a unique position to offer years of experience in solidarity and electoral observation. In the words of Marcos Galvez, president of Sister Cities partner CRIPDES:
“The struggles that the Honduran people have faced before, during, and after the coup are similar to the struggles here in El Salvador. As a people, we need to be in solidarity with other pueblos. As Salvadorans who know the importance of solidarity, we call on the international community to accompany Honduras in this new electoral reality, and in a way, be the voice of the Honduran people to applaud or denounce the elections.”Read more...
National Call-In Day to Congress – Friday, November 15
US Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Jim Moran (D-VA) are now circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter among Representatives directed at Secretary of State John Kerry and regarding El Salvador’s February 2 presidential election. The letter calls for the US government to remain neutral, respect the election results, and work toward a positive relationship with whichever party is elected to the presidency.