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e-1868 (Honduras)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Janet Spring from Elmvale, Ontario, on October 10, 2018, at 3:47 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Civil and human rights
Espinal, Edwin
Honduras
Imprisonment and prisoners
Presented to the House of Commons

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • The November 26, 2017, election in Honduras has been recognized as having many irregularities;
  • The election was condemned by the Organization of American States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Union Electoral Observation Missions, which reported voting irregularities, errors and systemic problems in the electoral process;
  • The Juan Orlando Hernandez government responded with a massive crackdown and the abolition of human rights as Hondurans protested the election;
  • The Hernandez government has denied all political prisoners due legal process;
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that Honduran security forces used excessive, lethal force and extra-judicial killings to control and disperse protests;
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, has called upon Honduran authorities to reinstate constitutional rights and guarantees, and uphold democratic principles, human rights and rule of law; and
  • The United Nations and Amnesty Canada has called upon Honduran government to release and drop all trumped-up charges against Edwin Espinal.
We, the undersigned, Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Stand by its stated position supporting human rights and rule of law in Honduras;
2. Urgently intervene in the case of Edwin Espinal, spouse of Karen Spring of Elmvale, arrested January 19, 2018, on trumped-up charges in the wake of popular protests; and
3. Immediately ensure that the Hernandez government release Espinal and four other political prisoners (Raul Alvarez, Jose Godinez, Edy Gonzalo, Gustavo Caceres) still held in inhumane maximum-security military prisons in Honduras, and drop all charges against 22 political prisoners detained (17 released, 5 remain in prison).
Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte
Conservative
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on February 20, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03231)
Government response tabled on
Open for signature : October 10, 2018, at 3:47 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 7, 2019, at 3:47 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
17
British Columbia
73
Manitoba
14
New Brunswick
2
Newfoundland and Labrador
5
Nova Scotia
14
Ontario
765
Quebec
53
Saskatchewan
3
Yukon
2
Other Countries
6
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