Canada reiterates concerns following publication of OHCHR report on human rights violations in the context of the 2017 elections in Honduras

March 16, 2018 – Embassy of Canada, San José, Costa Rica.

Canada is deeply concerned by the observations outlined in the recent report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on human rights violations following the 2017 elections. 

The report notes the excessive force to control protests, leading to the death of at least 22 civilians, of which 16 were allegedly shot by security forces. Among many other issues, the OHCHR also notes mass and indiscriminate arrests under the state of emergency, as well the lack of a clear rationale for placing individuals in pre-trial detention in maximum security prisons.

Canada fully supports the OHCHR recommendation for prompt, impartial, independent and transparent investigations into all allegations of human rights violations related to the 2017 election. This is essential for reconciliation efforts. Canada also calls upon the Honduran authorities to ensure that those charged with criminal offences during the protests will be treated with transparency, and in full compliance with due process and human rights principles.

In February 2018, Canada announced that it would provide $3 million over five years to support the work of the OHCHR in Honduras.

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Statements made in December by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the situation in Honduras.