Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Initial Report From the CIDH

While I disagree with much of their report I have to admit that I was surprised that they conceded that educational rights against children had been violated and that there were attacks against media by Resistence members.  They admitted that the four questioned deaths...were under investigation still to determine who is at fault.
They admitted that there were at least 12 violent protests on part of the protesters of the resistence.

I will go into detail of the report later.  However, while I am in much disagreement with the initial findings I am very pleased they finally conceded and spoke to all sectors of society and accepted the complaints against teachers and protesters on behalf of the public, media, and parents.

More to come.

You can find their admission of the violation of children´s rights by teachers and teacher´s unions on page 5 of the report about half way down. It says

The institutional deterioration without a doubt has affected Honduran social life.

One example is the right to an edcuation for children.  The comission will evaluate all complaints received and inform of our conclusions.  This almost feels like a sweet victory of sorts since teachers thought it was their right to deny children an education because they don´t have to obey the government.  Well maybe they don´t but they do have to abide by INTERNATIONAL law. Oops...they forgot about that little number didn´t they? Let´s only hope that the Venezuelan in charge doesn´t get a call from the boss reeming her about that one.  However, I suspect there won´t be much she can do about it since there is other people involved including a US rep.

My Letter to UNICEF

I am writing you as a concerned resident of Honduras and a citizen of the USA. My son is a Honduran citizen and goes to Honduran public school in San Pedro Sula.

I became aware last night that Honduras is a signer to the UN Convention on Children´s Rights. I had originally sent an email about my concerns to Christopher but he is out of the office until Sept 1 and asked me to contact you if the matter was urgent and I feel it is.

Teachers in Honduras on a massive scale are violating the UN Convention on Children´s Rights of over 2 million children.

They are denying them something as basic as an education. They have threatened other teachers by sending people to put them in their place. They have used the threat of violence and have threatened parents and children if they attend school or insist that the teacher´s do. Teachers abandoned their spots as teachers using the teacher´s unions on June 28. What concerns me more is this isn´t the first time. They have been on strike at the sacrifice of children´s education over 29 times in the past two years and to me that is a massive and continued abuse of children and their human rights.

They have tried to force our children to be subjected to political exams, to march and participate in their ´resistence´

They have subjected them to mental torture by telling them not to obey their parents if they are ´white´shirts or do not agree with the resistence. They tell them they do not have to obey the law or abide by norms of moral character. All things that seriously affect children. It is an abuse to subject children to the crisis that is going on in Honduras and they should be protected as much as possible. It is even more of an outrage that not only are they denying them an education but the days they do go to school they subject them to brainwashing.

Please intercede and investigate in this issue and take our complaints as parents to the United Nations. I recongize that the UN doesn´t recognize the government of Micheletti but surely they recognize the parents of the children in Honduras.

Surely they recongize your organization that has been selflessly dedicated to protecting children from abuse and war.

I would be willing to place a formal complaint and sign if needed. I will tell you that would probably put me in grave danger but I will sacrifice everything in effort to protect my child and other children. I grew up facing abuse, mental torture, and other forms of maltreatment and refuse to stand idly by as it happens in masse to not only my child but 2 million others as well.

Thank you for your time,

Cynthia Llanes de Moreno
San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras

Teachers Are Violating International Law

Honduras is a signer to the UN charter on Children´s Rights. This charter calls for the guarantee of not only a free education but that education be protected at all costs.
Article 28 of this charter specifically says that education is a child´s human right. 
The charter in its entirety can be found on UNICEF´s page. 
It goes further to say that children´s political opinions should be protected and that they cannot be used as pawns in a conflict which is all happening here.
Children are our most vunerable and are the future of a country. Denying them basic human rights is WRONG. People who do this should be dealt with harsher than any police officer that uses his baton a little to hard on a violent protester.  While excessive force is wrong it is even more wrong to prey on a child who cannot defend themself.

I have sent an email to UNICEF making a complaint about the violation of the charter by the teacher´s of Honduras who are part of the government because they are government employees and required to obey international and local laws.

I am so outraged by the actions of teachers and the way they have taken out their anger on our children that I am inclined to just grab one of them and ask them ´what the hell is wrong with you?´
I am not a violent person, but I will fight like a lioness over my children and my patience has finished long ago. This time I will take it all the way and they won´t dare threaten me since I am an American citizen as well as Honduran and they know that the US government takes care of their own.