Protect Democracy in Honduras
Right here in Needham, there is a wonderful non-profit organization called Community Health Partnership Honduras (CHPH), that provides medical assistance to residents in a very remote region of Honduras. CHPH is joining an effort to ask members of Congress to call for US oversight of the very recent Honduran Presidential election to help ensure the integrity of the results.
Some Political Background:
There was a coup in 2009 when the democratically elected president, Mel Zelaya, was grabbed by the army in the middle of the night and flown out of the country. Martial law was declared- curfews- the whole deal. Unfortunately, the U.S. took little action at the time. An interim president was appointed, Micheletti. In the next elections, 2013, Juan Orlando Hernandez was elected. He sought to change the constitution which limits presidents to one term. The Supreme Court denied his claim, maintaining the constitution was clear, one term is one term. He fired the Supreme Court and replaced them. When he brought the case up again, they (shockingly) ruled in his favor and said he could run for another term. This is that election and it appears that he lost the election to Salvador Nasralla.
The governmental body responsible for the control and counting of the ballots has suddenly stopped counting- this looks like fraud- this looks like impunity.
Honduras is the second poorest nation in our hemisphere (according to WHO)- has consistently ranked as either #1 or #2 in terms of violence in the world, including war zones- is the most dangerous for environmental activists (viz, Berta Caceres), has limited to no health care, social security was bankrupted by President Hernandez’s brother in a shell corporation scheme (it worked- he got all the money)- and on and on.
Learn More – New York Times Article (11/30/17), Elisabeth Malkin
If you have questions or need more information, call Terence at 617.694.6895
Why do we care? – they are humans who are being immiserated. They are our family, they are our neighbors. And we have an obligation to act.
Find contact information for your Senators and Representative HERE
Hello [Rep. or Senator]. My name is [Name]. I live in Massachusetts. I am calling concerning the recent Honduran election. Please call for immediate U.S. oversight of the ballots and the counting process. The election was completed on Sunday, November 26, but the governmental body responsible for counting and control of the ballots has suddenly stopped and is insisting they need more time. This does not bode well for democracy in Honduras. We urge you to take immediate action to protect the votes of the Honduran people, and the electoral process from fraud. Thank you.