Is Canadian ‘aid’ actually making things worse in post-coup Honduras?

by SANDRA CUFFE, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Repression and murder rampant as questions raised about Canada’s security cooperation
David Murillo waits patiently for an update. Next to him, a table overflows with piles of manila folders packed with documentation of murders, disappearances, and other human rights violations. Whenever he travels from his home in Olancho to the Honduran capital, he stops by the office of the Committee of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared in Honduras to see if there’s any progress in his son’s case.
Murillo’s voice catches slightly when he talks about his son. Nineteen-year-old Isis Obed Murillo was shot and killed by a soldier a week after the June 28, 2009, coup, when hundreds of thousands converged on the airport, hoping to welcome ousted president Manuel Zelaya home. Now more than five years later, militarization is still on the rise, but David Murillo maintains his hope for justice.
“We continue to struggle, and we continue to hope for justice. We’re not going to let up until we see a window of opportunity for peace in this country,” says Murillo. His optimism wavers when he reflects on the current situation. “There’s no change, no transformation in the country. More than anything, what they’re doing is applying window dressing to the country,” he says.