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Church campaigns to protect Hondurans

International 12 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Honduran churches are demanding a better society

The Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras (ICLH) is sustaining its campaign to denounce the corruption, poverty and injustice that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee north towards Mexico and the United States in search of peace and security.

Standing alongside other churches and civil society organisations, ICLH members took part in protests in recent weeks denouncing the policies of a government that they accuse of dragging the country into an acute social and economic crisis.

On Jan. 29 church members took part in an ecumenical action outside the National Congress in the capital of Tegucigalpa. Among the policies they were protesting was the government’s decision not to renew the mandate of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), set up by the Organisation of American States in 2016 to investigate allegations of corruption by public officials and private citizens.

Demonstrators also took part in a protest as part of events marking Honduran Women’s Day, denouncing the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez whose election they have contested since he was declared the winner of the November 2017 ballot. Several people have died in election related protests, while the president has failed to fulfil his promise of tackling organised crime, drug violence and gang warfare. The country continues to have one of the highest murder rates per capita in the world.

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