April 18, 2018
Fact-Finding Delegation: Political Prisoners in Honduras
Tuesday, May 22 (arrival day) - Sunday, May 27 (departure day)
- Cost: $700 Canadian, + round-trip flight to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Delegation fee covers: food, hotel, translation, in-country transportation & small stipends to some groups we meet with. No groups will make money from this trip and we aim to break even.
- Host group: Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor
- Led by: Janet Spring, Karen Spring, and Grahame Russell (Rights Action, U.S. & Canada). Karen and Grahame have extensive experience coordinating and leading delegations in Honduras and Guatemala.
The delegation is part of the on-going work of the Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor that is demanding the release of Edwin Espinal and the additional 21 political prisoners arrested in the context of the post-electoral crisis in Honduras. The purpose of the delegation is to continue the pressure on Honduran and Canadian authorities as part of efforts to demand that charges be dropped and all political prisoners be released.
This delegation is a full four-day fact-finding mission that will meet with relevant institutions involved in the issue of the political prisoners, including Honduran and international human rights groups and organizations, families of the political prisoners, (at least one and maybe two visits to military-run jails where political prisoners are being detained), and Canadian and Honduran authorities in Tegucigalpa.
Before each meeting, the delegation will establish a strategy and talking points and conduct the relevant follow-up afterwards. The delegation may participate in a press conference in Honduras at the end of the trip to discuss their findings, visits and meetings. Following the delegation, some delegates will be asked to attend meetings arranged in Ottawa to share findings with Canadian government authorities.
This delegation is for people that:
- Are comfortable with sitting through long meetings, being on a tight schedule, and/ or ‘hurrying up and waiting’ and if necessary,
- Understand that the Honduran climate is hot,
- Are comfortable with inexpensive, but adequate lodging, and open to experiencing different and limited types of food options. We can accommodate vegetarians and people with mild food allergies,
- Are ready to learn a lot about Canada’s role in Honduras, about work to free political prisoners, and about work to end Canada’s support for the Honduran regime.