The Jesuit Provincials of English and French Canada, Fathers Peter Bisson and Erik Oland, have sent a letter expressing deep concern about the post-election situation in Honduras to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Copies were also sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Ambassador to Honduras.
The Provincials’ concern centres on the violence and repression, including a State of Emergency, that state agents have directed toward people protesting the legitimacy of the elections held on 26 November 2017 and the vote count. CJI’s partners in Honduras, especially the Jesuit-run community radio station Radio Progreso and ERIC (Reflection, Research and Communication Team) are reporting on the current situation and face great risk in doing so.
Below is the full letter to Minister Freeland as well as a statement by the Jesuit Province of Central America:
- Canadian Jesuit Provincials letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs – English
- Canadian Jesuit Provincials letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs – French
- Communiqué of the Jesuit Province of Central America – English
- Communiqué of the Jesuit Province of Central America – Spanish
For ongoing updates, Radio Progreso has special coverage of this post-electoral political crisis. You can listen to broadcasts (in Spanish) from its website: http://www.radioprogresohn.net