FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2021
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As of November 30, Xiomara Castro of the opposition Libre party appeared to have a strong lead in the results to the November 28 Honduran presidential elections. In reaction, Alianza Americas released the following response:
“The unprecedented turnout at Honduras’ elections, and the early results pointing to Castro’s victory, is a clear rejection by voters of everything the Juan Orlando Hernández administration stands for,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas. “This is a moment of reckoning and hopefully a moment of redirection for U.S. policy towards Honduras. The center of the U.S.- Honduras relationship needs to be a shared, strong commitment to addressing the problems driving migration: the unchecked corruption that fuels inequality, and the climate change-driven disasters that are forcing so many to flee.”
“The high rate of participation in these elections marks a moment of hope and commitment to Honduras’ democratic institutions,” said Mirtha Colón, president of the Alianza Americas Board of Directors and head of ONECA, a grassroots group that advocates for Black Central Americans across borders. “But Honduras’ next president faces immense challenges, and will need significant international support and cooperation in order to reorient the country back on a more democratic pathway. Until Honduras’ institutions answer to the needs of its citizenry rather than to the interests of a small, corrupt elite, then poverty and inequality will continue to deepen, fueling migration northwards.”
“Nearly one million Hondurans live outside the country. Not only are these immigrant communities in the United States contributing positively to the local economy, but their remittances back home are crucial for Honduras. With this new political chapter in Honduras, comes the opportunity to reassess how both the United States and Honduras can partner together to implement humane, orderly, and mutually beneficial migration policies,” said Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, an organization that defends migrant rights and economic justice in Massachusetts.
Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org is now a project of Alianza Americas.