On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the European Union commends the work of journalists in uncovering abuses of power, shining a light on corruption and human right violations, and questioning received opinion, often putting themselves at risk of intimidation, violence and death. An independent and free media is the basis of a participatory and pluralist democracy, and a tool to make governments accountable for their actions.
The Chief Observer for the general elections in Honduras 2017 Marias Matias officially launched the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM), which is present in the country since 11 October. In her first visit to Honduras, the Chief Observer met, among others, with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the national civil registry, candidates and political party representatives, civil society organisations and media.
A team of 22 long-term observers from the European Union (EU) is in Honduras distributed amongst the different departments in the country to observe the November 26th elections. EU's long broad trajectory has led to sending some 150 international observer missions to different countries, and is the second time that a mission stands out in this Central American nation with a long-term contingent.
Following the invitation by the Honduran authorities, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Honduras to observe the presidential, legislative and municipal and PARLACEN (Central American Parliament) elections, due to take
place on 26 November.
The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proven deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.