From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. Carl Schurz

Saturday, January 7, 2012

No Mr Harper Free Trade Does Not Improve Human Rights Part 2

In August of last year while on a tour of South America, most notable for his bathroom misadventures, Harper signed a free trade agreement with the leaders of the Honduran coup. In justifying his actions Harper stated that the agreement would lead to an improved human rights atmosphere for the Honduran people.

Well as any semi intelligent person can tell you that when poor farmers are being slaughered to make way for the nations rich palm oil plantation owners and Canadian tourist operators, increasing the market for their product can only lead to even more of the same. As of course it has,but Harper knew this at the time, oh well, what's a few peasant lives when there are profits to be made.

 As the LA Times and Rights Action have pointed out Honduras is now known as the murder capital of the world. Quite a distinction for one of Canada's trading partners and military allies.

Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to the United Nations, and its government has long been plagued by allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. A 2009 military coup deepened political rifts and eroded public trust in democratic institutions. And a recent Human Rights Watch report found that officials have yet to bring to justice many of those allegedly responsible for violations committed after the coup.

No Mr Harper Free Trade Does Not Improve Human Rights

Canada's Free Trade in Oppression 

More free trade in oppression: Honduras: The Deadliest Place in the World for a Journalist 

An Open Letter To Harper From The Women Of Honduras

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