Honduras

Currently in the news:

Peaceful protests begun in Spring 2015 continue, asking for the President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s resignation. His campaign, when he was last running for office, received donations from money stolen from the national insurance company, IHSS. The President claims not to have known of the corruption. The IHSS had done a decent job of providing services to nearly two million Hondurans who paid into the system until two years ago, but it is now completely bankrupt. Interestingly, the IMF has encouraged privatization, even as other efforts to do this have resulted in similar corruption. To learn more, read this article by Nina Lakhani of The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/hit-men-high-living-honduran-corruption-scandal-president?CMP=share_btn_fb.

Citizens would also like to see the creation of an International Court against Impunity like the CICIG (http://cicig.org) created by the United Nations and Guatemalan government in December 2006. These efforts are facing significant backlash, but a much more limited model (MACCIH) in collaboration with the Organization for the American States has been signed into action. To support Oposicion Indignada’s ongoing efforts to establish a model with more similarities to CICIG than MACCIH, learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/Oposición-Indignada-HN-904526546272367/timeline/ and https://honduprensa.wordpress.com/tag/comision-internacional-contra-la-impunidad-honduras-cicih/. To learn about the limitations of MACCIH, read Eric Olson’s and Katherine Hyde’s ongoing analysis at the Wilson Center: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/putting-teeth-the-maccih-agreement (December), https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/strengthening-the-maccih-next-steps-honduras-fight-against-corruption-and-impunity (November) and https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/nine-questions-and-observations-about-hondurass-new-anti-corruption-mechanism (October).

Investigative news:

ERIC’s Radio Progreso: http://radioprogresohn.net

Revistazo: http://www.revistazo.biz/web2/

News:

The five most circulated newspapers are:

El Heraldo: http://www.elheraldo.hn

El Tiempo: http://www.tiempo.hn

La Prensa: http://www.laprensa.hn

La Tribuna: http://www.latribuna.hn

Proceso Digital: http://www.proceso.hn

Reporting in Honduras is incredibly dangerous, especially on topics of crime and politics. Many are threatened, and a significant number have been murdered. From 2003 to 2014, 51 were murdered, and all but two cases remained in impunity. At least seven media workers were murdered in 2015. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), DOHA Centre for Media Freedom, Freedom House, International Press Institute (IPI), and Reporters without Borders (RSF) monitor such events, to the extent they are reported.

Publications:

Here is the link to the straightforward report by Sarah Kinosian and Lisa Haugaard on human rights: http://www.ciponline.org/research/entry/honduras-a-government-failing-to-protect-its-people.

Human Rights Watch has a series of reports on varying topics in the country, including the failure of US officials to properly screen Hondurans before deporting them, the lack of investigations into murder of land rights activists, and other topics: http://www.hrw.org/publications/reports?topic=All&region=70.

 

Documentaries:

Here is an excellent video about the work that Radio Progeso does, which touches upon restrictions on freedom of the press and violence in San Pedro Sula: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/la-voz-del-pueblo/.

I am impressed with the individuals and work at the following organizations:

Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa: http://asjhonduras.com/webhn/

Casa Alianza: http://www.casa-alianza.org.hn

Berta Caceres of the Consejo Civico de las Organizaciones Populares e Indigenas de Honduras (COPINH) — Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras — won the Goldman award this year. Listen to this interview with Caceres: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/spanish/2015/05/07/exp-cnne-berta-caceres-goldman-prize.cnn. Learn more about COPINH at their website: http://www.copinh.org.

Inter-American Foundation: http://www.iaf.gov/index.aspx?page=314

UNAH Violence Observatory: http://iudpas.org

Human Rights Reports

Amnesty International (AI): https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/americas/honduras/

Casa Alianza: http://www.casa-alianza.org.hn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144&Itemid=58

Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CONADEH): http://conadeh.hn

Coordinadora de Instituciones Privadas pro las ninas, ninos, adolescentes jovenes y sus derechos (COIPRODEN): http://www.coiprodenhn.org

Human Rights Watch (HRW): https://www.hrw.org/americas/honduras

Latin America Working Group: http://www.lawg.org

OxFam: https://www.oxfam.org/en/countries/honduras

Peace Brigades International: http://www.peacebrigades.org/field-projects/pbi-honduras/

United States Department of State: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapper

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA): http://www.wola.org/country/honduras

Frommer’s recommends these Volunteer and Working Trips:

Honduras and Latin America, in general, are great places to devote your time and goodwill. Most volunteer programs fall in one of three categories: those that help rural communities, those that protect the environment, and those that preserve and collect data on historical sites. Most programs have a fee that will cover your food or lodging. Volunteer Honduras(www.volunteerhonduras.org) is a good place to start looking and a great resource for those thinking about volunteering in Honduras.

NPH International (tel. 504/2224-0573; www.nph.org) is a group of orphanages scattered throughout the Americas, including one near Tegucigalpa. A variety of long-term volunteers are always needed, ranging from doctors to English teachers and speech pathologists.

Proniño Honduras (tel. 504/2647-3424; www.pronino.org) and The Friends of El Hogar (www.foeh.org.uk) work with street children in northern Honduras to help them end drug addiction and focus on long-term education.

Children of the Light (tel. 504/3304-1414; www.thechildrenofthelight.org), a Christian organization, has built a school and has organized other community outreach projects for street children in the region.

Tourism:

Frommer’s: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/honduras

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