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Learn first hand about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Join a delegation.

Nov. 19-27: Honduras Electoral Delegation PDF Print E-mail

Arrive in Tegucigalpa at any time on November 19, leave any time on November 27

Delegation Fee: $950

Covers all meals, lodging (double occupancy), travel within the country and translation. It does not cover travel to and from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

On November 24th elections will take place in Honduras, four years after an SOA graduate led military coup ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya and unleashed intense repression and violence nationwide. The national resistance movement formed in response to the coup has created a new political party, LIBRE, that is running candidates for President, Congress, and Mayor's offices throughout the country.

The School of the Americas Watch is inviting a small group to witness and report on the November presidential election in Honduras. Across Honduras, there is hope that these elections may bring some relief to four years of spiraling repression and violence, imposition of extreme right wing policies, and an imploding economy.

LIBRE presidential candidate Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, wife of the deposed president Manuel Zelaya, is leading the polls, but LIBRE candidates and activists face repression, death threats, and many fear fraudulent elections. The military currently patrols many parts of the country and human rights violations are rampant.

The delegation will be led by Brigitte Gynther who has been in Honduras for the past year as a human rights accompanier and coordinator of the SOA Watch's Stories of Honduras project. She has accompanied and spent extensive time with human rights organizations, social movements, and others standing up for justice in post-coup Honduras.

The group will meet with key organizations and individuals and serve as human rights observers in order to gather on-the-ground information and share that with the SOA Watch movement. The group will also be flexible to respond to and document situations that arise in the context of the elections. The group will work together to document the situation, report on the results, and monitor the response by government and other parties.

In order to have more freedom of movement before and during elections, participants will not be official electoral observers. For those who are interested in doing official electoral observation, there are several organizations under the Honduras Solidarity Network that are organizing delegations that are planning to be official election obserers. Please feel free to write Dale Sorensen for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We encourage those who have had previous experience in Latin America to apply. Basic conversational Spanish is highly encouraged but not required. Meetings and presentations will be translated for those who do not speak Spanish.

Security risks in Honduras

Honduras currently has the highest murder rate in the world and is in the midst of a severe human rights crisis.  Social movement leaders, opposition candidates, lawyers, journalists, and many others face death threats, repression, and murder.  There is widespread distrust of the police for their involvement in murders and extrajudicial killings.  The US State Department Travel Warning for Honduras is here: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6007.html

Numerous international delegations have visited Honduras recently and several will be in the country at the time of the elections.  The SOAW delegation will be guided by SOAW's activante in Honduras who is experienced in dealing with security and human rights in Honduras.  There will be a discussion about security upon the delegations' arrival.  We share this information with you so that you are aware of the situation in Honduras and can make an informed decision about traveling to Honduras taking into account the risks involved.  We are happy to talk more with you about the risk and security situation if you have any questions.

Housing

Participants will be lodged in modest but comfortable guest houses or hotels. The additional fee for a single room is $200.

Travel

All participants must arrange their own travel to and from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where you will be met by delegation organizers. Please do not purchase tickets until we notify you of your acceptance. Delegates should plan on arriving in Tegucigalpa any time on November 19 and leaving any time on November 27.

Required documents

  • Passport that is valid for at least6months from the time of departure fromHonduras (If your passport expires before May 27, 2014, you should renew it)

Application process:

Download and fill out the application that is attached and send it either

  • by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or
  • by regular mail to

Mary Anne Perrone

1120 Brooks St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

After we notify you of your application of your acceptance, we will ask that you send Mary Anne a copy of your passport.

Delegation Fee

The delegation fee of $950 covers all meals, lodging (double occupancy), travel within the country and translation. It does not cover travel to and from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. An additional $200 can be paid for those wanting a single room.

Payment

  • Deposit of $200

Once you are notified of your acceptance, we require a non-refundable $200 deposit to reserve your spot. Please send a check made out to SOA WATCH to:

Mary Anne Perrone

1120 Brooks St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

  • Remaining payment of $750

This payment is due by October 30, 2013. Please send a check to SOA WATCH to

Mary Anne Perrone

1120 Brooks St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Questions:

Feel free to contact Lisa Sullivan at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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