Saturday, July 12, 2014

Honduran news round-up: July 12, 2014

By: Daniel Langmeier

El Libertador published some more information on the visit by US congresswo/men to Honduras. Out of the seven, five are Republicans and two Democrats, and they will meet with JOH, the First Lady and the Special Task Force on Migrating Children. The sociologist Victor Meza proposes the creation of a state migration policy based on four pillars: creating local job opportunities; migration agreements with other countries; a productive reinvestment of
remittances; deal with migration as a human rights and not a crime.

The Economist has another lead article on the failed policy of mano dura in Latin America, taking Honduras and Guatemala as two telling examples.

ADEPZA, the human rights organization in the Southern island of Zacate Grande, greatly worries about the planned charter city project in their area.

OFRANEH took up the tragic event in the mine San Juan de Arriba and links the widespread illegal mining projects in Honduras to organized crime. Mining (the Canadian kind) also causes new problems in Azacualpa, Copán, where the military has moved in to repress the people demanding a stop to the mining activities.

COFADEH, the International Ecumenical Human Rights Observatory and CIPRODEH held a conference in Talanga with some 500 students against all kinds of discrimination.

Today San Luis will have a second chance to elect its mayor - the Liberal Leny Flores or the National Rony Flores.
For some observes, this election is living proof of the great need for a new Electoral Law.

In its weekly newsletter, Radio Progreso also dedicates a long article to the visit by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, and her troubling findings.

Campesinxs organization demand that the second part of the exhumations taking place these coming days will be done with greater care and transparency to counteract the ongoing impunity in these cases. They fear that this process is only used to clean the image of Dinant and Facussé in front of the World Bank.

JOH announced that the bidding for the construction of his Government City will start in the next three weeks. He wants all state institutions to be located in the same area, in buildings possessed by the state and therefore not paying rent. He promises savings in millions in the next 20 years and some 10'000 jobs during the three years construction. More probable is that some more people linked to the construction sector get
filthy rich while not much else changes.

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