April 18, 2019 at 6:00pm - 8pm

Understanding the Crisis Beyond the Border

A Conversation with Father Ismael "Melo" Moreno, S.J., Honduran human rights advocate.

Understanding the crisis beyond the border!

WHERE: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA.
WHEN: Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.

This event is supported by:
The Harvard Graduate School of Education, Office of Student Affairs
Comunidad LatinX at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University Central American Student Association

The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the deep crisis that Honduras is experiencing under the current authoritarian regime and its connection to the mass migration of thousands of Hondurans through caravans to the United States.

Father Moreno is the director of Radio Progreso, a Jesuit-run radio station featured in the America documentary "La Voz del Pueblo." He is also the Director of the Reflection, Investigation and Communication Team (ERIC), a Jesuit social action and policy center.

Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world. In 2009, Honduras experienced a coup d’etat. A direct result of this coup was the escalation of systemic human rights violations in Honduras.

In November 2017, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was re-elected to a second term in direct violation of the Honduran Constitution which limits presidents to one term. According to Amnesty International, in the immediate aftermath of the election Honduras has experienced escalating repression and instability: 192 demonstrations were repressed, 38 people were killed by the Honduran army, 76 people were victims of torture, 24 people were incarcerated as political prisoners, and 73 human rights defenders were victims of threats, intimidation and persecution.

All this violence is aided and abetted by the current high levels of corruption and impunity in Honduras. Despite this corruption and instability, the United States still regards the illegitimate Honduran government as a reliable. This shows how low a priority democracy and human rights are for the United States.

Father Melo and his team at Radio Progreso and ERIC have been documenting and speaking out against human rights abuses in Honduran. As a result, they have received constant death threats. Father Melo will be discussing these concerns in Boston as part of this Social Justice Tour.

For more information contact: [email protected] and 617 483 2937.
Harvard Graduate School of Education - Gutman Library
6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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