WIDE and European Coordination Via Campesina are concerned about the hypocrisy of the European position towards Honduras and demand that the EU refrain from normalizing relations with the regime imposed by the coup d’etat that maintains constitutional and democratic illegality in Honduras.
EU’s policy on Honduras remains inconsistent and ambiguous. Despite the fact that Europe officially has not recognized the results of November presidential elections in the country, Association Agreement Negotiations between the EU and Central America (including Honduras) have been reinitiated. The Spanish Presidency has indicated it would like to round up negotiations before May 2010. Several representatives of the Honduran Civil Society came to Brussels last week for an information session in the European Parliament to give testimonies about the crisis of democracy in their country, pleading for Europe to take a clear position on the recent political developments in Honduras. After the coup d’etat of June 28th, 2009, Honduran people remain victims of violent repression of the illegitimate government. Grave violations of human rights committed by the state security agencies include assassinations, physical aggression, illegal detentions, sexual assault, threats, harassment and criminalisation of citizens protesting against the de facto regime1. Despite the persisting struggles of popular, democratic forces, the constitutional legality of the country has not been restored and illegitimate presidential elections were held in November 2009. The so-called government of National Unity of Porfirio Lobo was recognised by a number of countries, including the US, Panama and Peru. So far, the European Union has not officially recognized the results of these elections. The European Commission as well as members of the EPP and S&D group of the European Parliament seemed deaf to the testimonies of Honduran Civil Society; they claimed an improvement of the political situation after the coup and expressed their will to continue the negotiations of the Central American Association Agreement with Honduras. Rounding up the negotiations with the CA region, benefiting mainly Spanish transnational companies, is one of the main priorities of the Spanish Presidency. WIDE and European Coordination Via Campesina are concerned about the hypocrisy of the European position towards Honduras and demand that the EU refrain from normalizing relations with the regime imposed by the coup d’etat that maintains constitutional and democratic illegality in Honduras. We demand Europe has consistent and coherent position on Honduras and call for urgent action from the EU to put all necessary measures to end the current situation of impunity for crimes committed by the military regime. WIDE and European Coordination Via Campesina are also alarmed by the stipulations of Association Agreement negotiations that are pushed by the interests of trans-national companies and neglect sustainable development, food sovereignty, gender equality and social justice objectives. Free Trade Agreements do not benefit the environment, women or sustainable farmers, in Europe or Central America. For more information and interviews, please do not hesitate to contact Javier Sánchez (ECVC): +34609359380 or Natalie Giorgadze (WIDE): +322 25459076 1 A report on the violations of Human Rights during the coup was presented to the Inter-American Human Rights Court of the Organization of American States (OAS) -Notes to the Editors- - WIDE is a European feminist network of women’s organizations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women’s rights activists. For more than 25 years, WIDE has dedicated itself to raising awareness, monitoring and influencing international economic and development policies and practices from a gender perspective, promoting women’s rights as the basis for the development of a more just and democratic world order. Check-out our website: www.wide-network.org - European Coordination Via Campesina is a European organisation of peasant' and agricultural workers' unions, member of La Via Campesina at the international level. Its main goal is to change existing agricultural, food and trade policies into a framework of food sovereignty. www.eurovia.org
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