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Honduran Human Rights vs. Canadian Trade Policies


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  Canadian based mission heads to Honduras

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As the Canadian government prepares to sign the Honduras Free Trade Agreement this fall with the country that has the distinction of being the murder capital of the world a delegation from Canada is preparing to visit Honduras to engage with civil society groups and monitor the Honduran presidential elections.

Join us for a discussion on the impact of Canadian investment on Honduran women working in the maquiladora sector.  Also meet the delegation preparing to visit Honduras to witness first-hand the impacts of Canadian investment on communities.  They will monitor and report on the human rights situation, and presidential electoral process.

Maria Luisa Regalado- coordinator of CODEMUH (Honduran Women’s Collective)
Bob Lovelace – Professor, and former chief of the Ardock Algonquin First Nations 
Elio Ramirez –  Honduran- Canadian and Student of Latin American Studies  

Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. Toronto
When: Friday October 25th  @ 7-9 pm

FREE EVENT – FINGER FOOD & REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED

For more details see Facebook event

Background information. 

In 2009 the Honduran army staged a coup d’état under the pretext of a constitutional crisis that developed between the Supreme Court and democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.  The crisis was prompted by Zelaya’s attempts to schedule a non-binding poll on holding a referendum about convening a constituent assembly. Instead of bringing him to trial, Zelaya was kidnapped and sent into exile on 28 June 2009.  That same day, the Honduran Congress, in an extraordinary session, voted to remove him from office, after reading a false resignation letter attributed to President Zelaya, and appointed his constitutional successor, Roberto Micheletti as the new president.  The coup was widely condemned around the world including by all Latin American nations, the European Union, United States and the UN General Assembly.

On November 24TH 2013, Hondurans will be heading to the polls to elect a new president. This time civil society opposition has organized itself politically to partake in the electoral process under the political party Libertad y refundacion (LIBRE). Their political organizing has made them targets of violence and intimidation. Together with civil society and Human rights organizations they are denouncing the escalation of political violence and repression by the state in the lead up to the elections. They are calling for International Solidarity by inviting the international community and media to visit Honduras and observe the electoral process.

Sponsored by Common Frontiers, CUPE – National, Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN), PSAC Social Justice Fund, Rights Action and The Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network

Join us for a night of social justice
storytelling, food, and music, as we launch

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Tailings of Warren Peace

a social justice thriller written by Stephen Law

Co-sponsored by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), theMining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN)  
“One of the best books of 2013” – Charlottetown Guardian

Thursday November 7th
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Beit Zatoun (612 Markham Street, Toronto)
(Join the event on facebook!) (Buy the book!)

We will hear passages from the novel and from others sharing stories of the struggle for social justice through music, visual art, and personal testimony.

Mining solidarity activists and other special guests to be confirmed shortly!

About Steve:
As a writer, conflict mediator, educator, organic farmer, and social activist, Steve works for the Tatamagouche Centre in Nova Scotia as the Social Transformation Program Coordinator and co-owns SunRoot Farm. He has worked across Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia supporting peaceful resolutions to conflict, sustainable living and supporting alternative and creative approaches to community development – in addition to using writing and storytelling as a way to intersect literature with solidarity.www.stephenlaw.ca

A few recent reviews of Tailings of Warren Peace:

“A gripping tale that eerily reflects a disturbing reality in global politics. It takes the reader on a scintillating and mysterious journey that twists and turns from Canada to
Guatemala, war to peace, and loss to love. This book is a celebration of the human spirit.”
— Garry Leech, author of Beyond Bogota

“You’ll miss appointments for this book. The house will go dirty(er). The dogs will howl for dinner. It’s that good.” – Halifax Media Coop
“…a first-rate thriller.. impossible to write this book off as merely a good read…” – Atlantic Books Today

“Law understands what makes for strong political writing.” Telegraph Journal

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