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Más de una decena de organizaciones internacionales piden justicia por el asesinato de Carlos Mejía Orellana, periodista hondureño

Más de una decena de organizaciones internacionales, entre ellas el CDHAL, han firmado una carta enviada al ministro de asuntos exteriores canadiense, John Baird. En esta carta, las organizaciones piden al gobierno canadiense llamar a las autoridades de Honduras a aplicar las medidas de protección ya ordenadas por la CIDH y a proceder a una investigación profunda sobre el asesinato de Carlos Mejía Orellana el 11 de abril, periodista y director de marketing de Radio Progreso, una radio jesuita con sede en El Progreso, Honduras.

Los miembros del quipo habían sido amenazados de muerte varias veces por su ejercicio profesional, que implica la libertad de expresión y de información. Numerosas veces, la Comisión interamericana de Derechos humanos han pedido que las medidas de protección se apliquen al equipo de la radio.

En esta misma carta y ante las violaciones de derechos humanos y las condiciones difíciles y violentas que vive Honduras, se pide al gobierno canadiense oponerse y retirar el proyecto de ley C-20 (ley de libre comercio entre Canada y Honduras) y asegurar que este proyecto no se convertirá en una ley en un futuro próximo.




April 29, 2014

The Honorable John Baird

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

2249 Carling Ave, Suite 418

Ottawa, ON K2B 7E9

Dear Minister Baird,

We the undersigned are outraged and deeply saddened by the news of the murder of Carlos Mejía Orellana on April 11, 2014, a journalist and marketing director of Radio Progreso, a Jesuit community-based radio station in El Progreso, Honduras. We would like to express our deepest condolences to Carlos’ family members, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are mourning this senseless death.

Following the coup d’état in 2009, Carlos and other Radio Progreso employees have been targets of repeated death threats because of their commitment to journalistic and social expression, and documentation of abuses of power and impunity. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has repeatedly granted precautionary measures to 16 staff members of Radio Progreso, including Mejía Orellana, due to persistent threats against them. The Director of Radio Progreso, Father Ismael “Melo” Moreno, SJ testified before the U.S. Congress at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and described the constant death threats and attacks perpetrated with impunity against journalists in Honduras, including against Radio Progreso, its employees and its research arm, ERIC.

Since last spring, Canadian parliamentarians have heard disturbing testimony about the deteriorating human rights situation in Honduras in the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights.

Given the level of threats and violence, including assassination, targeted against journalists, the media and freedom of expression in Honduras, we are dismayed and disturbed that the Government of Honduras has failed to implement protective measures for the employees of Radio Progreso, as called for by the IACHR.

Honduras is one of the Western Hemisphere’s most dangerous places for the media. Death threats are often carried out and impunity prevails. Honduras continues to have the highest murder rate in the world (90.4/100,000) according the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

We ask the Canadian government to call on the Honduran authorities to immediately implement protective measures ordered by the IACHR and to carry out a thorough investigation into the murder of Carlos Mejía Orellana, to find those responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice in a timely manner.

Further, in consideration of continuing human rights abuses in Honduras, we ask that the Canadian Parliament, oppose and/or withdraw all support to Bill C-20, the Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act, and do all that is necessary to ensure that it does not become the law of the land.

Testimony provided by esteemed human rights defender Bertha Oliva, General Coordinator of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained in Honduras (COFADEH), in the Standing Committee on International

Trade on April 8, 2014 emphasizes that the trade deal risks exacerbating human rights violations such as this, in Honduras.

Thank you for your time and attention.



Americas Policy Group (APG)

Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC)

Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)

Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network

British Colombia Teachers Federation

Canadian Jesuits International (CJI)

Centre justice et foi

Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL)

Common Frontiers

Horizons of Friendship

Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice

Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN)

Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN)

Maquila Solidarity Network

Mary Ward Centre

Mer et Monde

Rights Action


Mr. Tyler Shipley, Sessional Lecturer, Humber College

cc:  Wendy Drukier, Ambassador, Canadian Embassy in Honduras