Canada announces support to human rights project in Honduras

February 20, 2018 – Embassy of Canada, San José, Costa Rica

Canada believes that human rights are universal, indivisible and inalienable and must apply equally to everyone. Canada has consistently called for human rights to be respected in Honduras where women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons continue to face serious challenges in this respect. Honduras is also one of the most dangerous countries for human rights defenders.

Canada is pleased to announce that it will provide $3 million over five years to support the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its work to strengthen the promotion, monitoring and respect of human rights for vulnerable groups, especially women, girls and LGBTI persons in Honduras.

Canada’s support will enable the OHCHR to help improve respect for human rights of those who face the greatest risk by helping raise public awareness about human rights, advocate for the respect of human rights, and help Hondurans claim these rights at national, regional and international levels.   

The OHCHR’s work in Honduras include organizing public awareness campaigns on basic concepts of human rights; leading education activities on key rights issues affecting  women and the LGBTI community; conducting training sessions on human rights for journalists including debates on key human rights issues.

These activities will be carried out with LGBTI and women’s rights organizations as key partners in order to help promote transformative change for women and LGBTI persons.

This project also aims to support the Government of Honduras in its efforts to enhance the effectiveness of its newly established national human rights protection mechanism, and particularly its protection of women and LGBTI human rights defenders.

Canada has adopted a new Feminist International Assistance Policy that aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Statements done in december by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the situation in Honduras.