In Honduras, where there have been 1,270 confirmed cases of and 93 deaths due to COVID-19, the government has declared a state of emergency and most economic activity has ground to a halt. Instead of serving exclusively as a means of containing the pandemic, however, the lockdown has begun being used to sinister and nefarious ends.
Development and Peace’s partner, the Honduran Centre for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC), promotes food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture and human rights in the poorest rural regions of the country. Alarmed at how the pandemic is impacting upon its work and that of other rights and solidarity organizations, CEHPRODEC has issued a dauntless and definitive denunciation of recent government actions.
CEHPRODEC’s open letter is a clarion call for the fairer distribution of state aid; for an end to the intimidation of human rights defenders; for improved access to justice; and for closer monitoring of the treatment of environmental and rights defenders at the hands of state security forces.
An environmental defence committee inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, meets in Gualaco in the Honduran department of Olancho.