Politics

Jan 11, 2018

Honduras is open for business, no matter the cost to human rights

The Honduran government's harsh response to protests against alleged electoral fraud and economic policies that would see the country carved up by investors has been sadly predictable.

Warwick Fry

Freelance journalist in Honduras

Following the November 26 Honduran presidential election -- which resulted in sitting President Juan Orlando Hernandez (better known as JOH) holding on to power amid accusations of blatant electoral fraud by observers from the Organisation of American States -- anti-government protests continue to rage across the country.

Considering this, US endorsement of the re-election of the hugely unpopular and legally dubious JOH does not make much sense.

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  1. CML

    After that story, NO electronic voting…EVER…in Oz!
    At least we have scrutineers and solid ballot papers to ‘recount’ if necessary.

    1. warwick fry

      They had paper ballots, but the TSE only agreed to recount a select number of disputed tallies, and the EU and OAS observers did not insist on a full recount with independent scrutineers, even though opposition party scrutineers kept their own copies of the tallies. Remember that the armed forces are responsible for the transportation of the ballots, and as in 2013, funny things happen to them on the way to the Electoral Tribunal.

    2. warwick fry

      So did the Hondurans.

  2. graybul

    Is it possible ie defendable; that the evolution of the human species is approaching an unstable ‘high tide’ benchmark for social governance, functionality? From this time forward the species has begun a tumultuous descent whereby individualism contests governance and an acceptable social order in current form, will no longer exist?

  3. cp

    I feel sick. Poor bastards.
    Thanks for the story Warwick.

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