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Plus d’une dizaine d’organisations internationales demandent justice pour l´assassinat de Carlos Mejía Orellana, journaliste hondurien.

Plus d’une dizaine d’organisations internationales, dont le CDHAL, ont signé une lettre adressée au Ministre des Affaires étrangères canadien, John Baird. Dans cette lettre les organisations demandent au gouvernement canadien d’appeler les autorités du Honduras à prendre des mesures protectives déjà ordonnées par la CIDH mais aussi à procéder à une enquête approfondie sur l’assassinat de Carlos Mejía Orellana survenu le 11 avril qui était un journaliste et le directeur marketing de Radio Progreso, une radio jésuite basée à El Progreso au Honduras.

Les membres de l’équipe avaient été plusieurs fois menacés de mort dans leur exercice professionnel qui incluait liberté d’expression et liberté d’information. De nombreuses fois, la Commission Inter-Américaine des Droits de l’Homme a demandé à ce que des mesures protectrices soient prises à l’encontre des membres de l’équipe de la radio.

Dans cette même lettre et face au non respect des droits humains et des conditions difficiles et violentes que connaît le Honduras, il est demandé au gouvernement canadien de s’opposer et de retirer le projet de loi C-20 (loi de libre échange entre le Canada et la République du Honduras) et de s’assurer que ce projet ne devienne pas une loi dans un avenir proche.




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