Honduras

What's in play in these elections is not just the person and the party that will govern the next four years but the future of one of the most violent and impoverished nations on earth. For women, who often bear the brunt of trying to feed families, defend their homes and lands from forced displacement, and stand up for human rights, the scenarios do not look bright.
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As uncertainty and tension build, JASS Mesoamerica and our growing women defenders’ networks appeal to the international community to join us in speaking out on violence against women defenders and human rights violations in Honduras.
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Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “What is obtained with violence can only be maintained with violence”. It is with violence that the power elite successfully kidnapped democracy in our country. As much as they have wanted to disguise the truth by repeatedly lying in order to convince us that “national reconciliation” is underway, we are aware that this dictatorship that began with a coup d’état continues to destroy our lives and condemn many of us to death.
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National and international human rights organizations have indicated that this year’s elections in Honduras are being held amidst constant human rights violations, acts of violence and impunity, thus casting serious doubt on the process.
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The first elections held in Honduras after the coup present opportunities and risks for the country. What do these elections mean for women’s rights? Women defenders differ on what can be expected from the political parties in this process—whether they serve the women’s emancipation struggle or pose an obstacle to it. In some aspects, they see possibilities for advancement and in others, no.  
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These three articles are part of a series written by JASS' Honduras Country Coordinator on the 2013 electoral process in Honduras from the perspective of women human rights defenders in the country.
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I come from a land that is plentiful in soul, body and resistance. This has been demonstrated throughout history, especially after the 2009 coup when we rose up to protest against the usurpers of power on the basis of Article 3 of the Constitution, the foundation of the recent democracy established in 1982: No one owes obedience to a usurping government nor to those who assume office or public service by force of arms or by using means or procedures which violate or ignore the provisions established by this Constitution and other laws.
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Honduran Presidential Elections will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Leaders of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)—Berta Cáceres, Tomás Gómez Membreño, and Aureliano Molina—have been erroneously charged with illegal land seizure, coercion, and damages for organizing the Rio Blanco community to protect their ancestral territories from companies that have begun building a dam on
The work of women human rights defenders is essential to achieving democracy and peace, especially in violent contexts, and supporting their protection and wellbeing is vital. In Mexico and Central America, women defenders are organizing themselves amidst alarming violence against women and activists.

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