Wednesday, December 8

OAS deplores the violence in Honduras and calls for a political consensus to achieve “peaceful” elections

The Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the “acts of violence” within the framework of the celebration of elections in Honduras, and has urged political formations to reach a consensus that will lead to some “peaceful” elections.

A) Yes, the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras has issued a statement in which it has transferred its rejection of the assassination of the mayor of Cantarranas and candidate for re-election, Francisco Gaitán; the coordinator of the Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) and candidate for Mayor of San Luis, Elvir Casaña; “And all the aggressions and acts of violence that have occurred in the country in recent days.”

In this context, the organization has remarked that “violence has no place in democracy” and has urged the national authorities to “move forward with speed in the investigation of these unacceptable acts” and bring those responsible to justice.

“In this vein, the OAS Electoral Observation Mission welcomes the initiative of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of summon the various political actors to sign the Political Agreement to achieve peaceful general elections, and urges the parties involved to build the consensus necessary to materialize it, “he pointed out.

Likewise, the organization has shown the importance of the electoral campaign being oriented towards adopting a “constructive attitude in favor of the country”, which is why he has also urged that in the speeches “respectful exchange of ideas predominate.”

Violence in Honduras

In recent days there has been an increase in the number of violent acts in Honduras when there are barely two weeks left until the general elections, scheduled for November 28, to be held.

To the murders of Gaitán and Casaña This weekend, another person who died during a shooting at a campaign rally of the Liberal Party – where two people have been injured – joins.

The Association for a More Just Society (ASJ) has published a report in which it is pointed out that Honduras is one of the most fragile nations in the world in the period spanning the last ten years, and that registers a “high alert” in the Index of Fragile States of the Fund for Peace, collects the newspaper ‘La Prensa’.

In addition, It is detailed that of the 305 conflicts registered in the Central American country from January to October 2021, almost 25% are considered electoral disputes.

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