Following the elections in Honduras on Sunday November 26, causing a series of protests in which more than 20 people were killed and many more injured, Friends of the Earth Europe has called on the EU to act and not to recognise Juan Orlando Hernandez as Honduran President.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) of the Honduran elections has published a rather restrained declaration on December 18. Despite the irregularities, for example the interruption of the publication of results for several hours during the counting of the votes, the EU EOM issued a general positive evaluation of the electoral body of Honduras which was in charge of the organisation of the elections.
Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC), members of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), voice their deep concern regarding this declaration in a statement, calling on the EU not to recognise Juan Orlando Hernández as the Honduran President. He is responsible for this violence, he is facing serious allegations of electoral fraud and he is not recognised as president by the Honduran people. We firmly demand the promotion and respect of human rights, the protection of social, environmental and human rights activists, and the immediate end to impunity for those who are responsible for the violence in Honduras.