For Immediate Release
Honduras: Friends Of The Earth Urges EU To Denounce Election Result
Brussels - Following the presidential election in Honduras on 26 November, which sparked a series of violent protests, Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean/ ATALC, members of Friends of the Earth International, have called on the EU to denounce the result of the vote and to demand an independent electoral commission in the country.
The remarks followed a “generally positive evaluation” of the electoral process from the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Honduras. In contrast, Friends of the Earth groups describe the process as “fraudulent”.
Karin Nansen, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, said:
“We voice our deep concern regarding this positive assessment of the election in Honduras and urge the EU not to recognise Juan Orlando Hernández as president. He is responsible for this violence, is facing serious allegations of electoral fraud and is not recognised as president by the Honduran people. We urge an independent international commission before legitimizing an election winner, in order to ensure a trustworthy process. We also demand the promotion and respect of human rights, the protection of social, environmental and human rights activists, and the immediate end to impunity for those who are responsible for the violence in Honduras.”
At least 14 people have died in weeks of protests against the election result in Honduras.
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