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The Price of Truth: Human Rights in Honduras Since the Coup

3:30pm EDT October 10, 2013

Cascia Hall

Witness for Peace New England brings Father Ismael Moreno Coto, known popularly as Padre Melo, a prominent Honduran human rights defender, to the Merrimack College campus. His presentation, The Price of Truth: Human Rights in Honduras Since the Coup, will address the struggles and successes of building a fair and inclusive society.

Under death threats, Padre Melo continues to advocate for human rights, freedom of expression, and independent analysis. He directs Radio Progreso (radio station) and The Team for Reflection, Research and Communication, whose work encompasses: grassroots radio programming; training on human rights, community organizing, and empowerment; the formation of leadership committed to social change; and aiding migrant families. This work is increasingly critical given the difficulties faced by large numbers of families of migrants and returning migrants, a large number of whom have suffered mutilations on their perilous journey northward. 

Padre Melo’s broadcast station, Radio Progreso, shut down by the military around the time of the June 2009 coup, has been occupied several times since. During this same time, over 25 journalist and social commentators have been murdered in Honduras, and many more have been kidnapped, tortured, or suffered death threats. Addressing the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights of the U.S. Congress last year, Padre Melo asked, “How can freedom of expression be defended in a country like Honduras where the biggest violators of this fundamental freedom are the friends and partners of a “democracy” backed by policies and agencies of the United States government?”

Witness for Peace New England is a non-profit organization working for 30 years to change U.S. policies and corporate practices that lead to injustice and violence in Latin America. More information can be found here.

Contact: Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga

Last modified on Oct. 3rd, 2013 at 11:19am by Stacie Bowman.