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e-412 (Honduras)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Jennifer Moore from Ottawa, Ontario, on June 14, 2016, at 3:24 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Aboriginal rights
Cáceres, Berta
Dams
Environmentalists
Foreign policy
Homicide
Honduras
Inquiries and public inquiries
Oppression
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • On March 3, 2016, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was murdered and Mexican activist Gustavo Castro Soto shot and wounded;
  • Several people were detained for this crime, but there is little confidence that the investigation – plagued with irregularities – will lead to convictions or that the authors of the crime have been identified;
  • Ms. Cáceres' high profile murder means no activist is safe in Honduras;
  • The Cáceres family and the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) have faced escalating repression, violence and harassment;
  • Since the 2009 military-backed coup in Honduras, well over 100 Indigenous and environmental activists have been murdered; and
  • Despite the climate of violence and impunity, the Canadian government entered into a free trade agreement with Honduras, while lobbying for a mining code that favours companies and puts people and the environment at risk.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to publicly, and using other channels, urge Honduran authorities to:
1. Agree to an investigation by a group of independent experts under the auspices of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) into the material and intellectual authors of Ms. Cáceres’ murder;
2. Fully implement IACHR precautionary measures for the Cáceres family and COPINH;
3. Demilitarize Lenca territory;
4. Cancel the Energy Development Company’s (DESA) Agua Zarca hydroelectric project granted without the Lenca peoples' free, prior and informed consent; and
5. Finally, we urge that an investigation take place into the Canadian government’s role in Honduras during and since the 2009 coup.
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 19, 2016
Government response tabled on December 2, 2016
Open for signature : June 14, 2016, at 3:24 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 12, 2016, at 3:24 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
44
British Columbia
221
Manitoba
24
New Brunswick
10
Newfoundland and Labrador
3
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
54
Nunavut
1
Ontario
238
Prince Edward Island
9
Quebec
105
Saskatchewan
10
Yukon
6
Other Countries
10
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