Brussels, 4 January 2010
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the recent killings in Honduras
The European Union condemns the recent murders of civil society and media representatives or their relatives in Honduras and expresses its solidarity with their families. It is important that an investigation of these murders is conducted promptly, transparently and thoroughly. The perpetrators of the murders must be brought to justice.
The European Union draws special attention to the murder of Walter Trochez who worked as a human rights defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and as a member of the National Front of Resistance in Honduras on 13 December, as well as to the murder of Katherine Nicolle Rodríguez Cabrera, the sixteen year-old daughter of journalist Karol Cabrera, on 17 December.
The European Union recalls the obligation of the Honduran authorities to protect the human rights, including the freedom of expression, and the personal security of all persons in Honduras and calls upon all political groups in Honduras to abstain from acts of violence. In this regard, the EU urges the Honduran authorities to do everything in their power to ensure the protection of human rights defenders, in accordance with the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The European Union also underlines the principle of non-discrimination, which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being, regardless, inter alia, of sexual orientation or gender identity as outlined in the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
"The Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process."