Honduras: Father Melo on his award for defending human rights, environmental conservation and freedom of expression: “This won’t shut me up.”

Este premio no me callará la boca: Padre Melo Press Release by Radio Progreso, September 1, 2022

Tras anunciar que aceptará el reconocimiento aprobado por el Congreso Nacional, el sacerdote jesuita Ismael Moreno, dijo en Radio Progreso que con dicho premio no le van a callar la boca.

“Este premio no me callará la boca. Mi voz seguirá firme denunciando las injusticias”, dijo el padre Melo en su comparecencia en las noticias de Zona Informativa de Radio Progreso.

Por sus méritos y servicios prestados en beneficio del pueblo hondureño, el Congreso Nacional aprobó esta semana otorgar un reconocimiento especial al sacerdote jesuita Ismael Moreno Coto.

El reconocimiento consiste en un “pergamino especial y medalla de oro” por su aporte a la defensa de los derechos humanos, libertad de expresión y la conservación del medio ambiente.

“Este reconocimiento lo he de recibir no a título personal, sino con la responsabilidad de continuar teniendo una voz para pedir las transformaciones profundas que Honduras necesita”, manifestó el sacerdote jesuita.

“No tengo un interés en honores humanos, pero este reconocimiento representa a muchos defensores y defensoras que están luchando en nuestro país”, insistió el padre Melo.

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Dijo que aceptaba la premiación con la responsabilidad que es un reconocimiento que se hace al hondureño. “A la entrega de este reconocimiento iré en nombre de todo mi equipo y el pueblo. Y me da alegría que estaré con grandes personas a las que les tengo cariño, Carlos H. Reyes y Juan Almendarez Bonilla”, manifestó el ex director de Radio Progreso.

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This award won’t shut me up: Father Melo September 1, 2022, Translation of above Press Release.

After announcing that he will accept the award approved by the National Congress, Jesuit priest Ismael Moreno said on Radio Progreso that the award will not shut him up.

“This award will not shut me up. My voice will remain firm in denouncing injustice”, said Father Melo in his appearance on Radio Progreso’s news programme Zona Informativa.

For his merits and services rendered for the benefit of the Honduran people, the National Congress this week approved the granting of a special recognition to Jesuit priest Ismael Moreno Coto.

The recognition consists of a “special scroll and gold medal” for his contribution to the defence of human rights, freedom of expression and environmental conservation.

“I have to receive this recognition not in a personal capacity, but with the responsibility to continue to have a voice to call for the profound transformations that Honduras needs”, said the Jesuit priest.

“I have no interest in human honours, but this recognition represents many defenders who are struggling in our country“, Father Melo insisted.

He said he accepted the award with the responsibility that it is a recognition of the Honduran people. “I will go to the presentation of this award on behalf of all my team and the people. And it gives me great joy that I will be with great people whom I love, Carlos H. Reyes and Juan Almendarez Bonilla,” said the former director of Radio Progreso.

Refer also to:

Defending Freedom of Expression: Into the heart of Father Melo, Jesuit priest and journalist whose life is threatened in Honduras

Honduras: Unanimous ruling finds former energy company manager, Roberto David Castillo, guilty ordering murder of Berta Cáceres. Victor Fernández, one of the Cáceres family’s lawyers: “We have nothing to thank the justice system for. It was they who persecuted Berta; they criminalised her and displaced her.”

All the qualities of magic reside in women. This is why the fearful
suppress them. This is why the wise follow them.

Tennessee Williams.

People attend the funeral of murdered indigenous activist Berta Caceres, in La Esperanza, 200 km northwest of Tegucigalpa, on March 5, 2016. Honduran indigenous activist Berta Caceres…was shot dead on March 3 at her home in La Esperanza. Caceres rose to prominence for leading the indigenous Lenca people in a struggle against a hydroelectric dam project that would have flooded large areas of native lands and cut off water supplies to hundreds. AFP PHOTO / ORLANDO SIERRA

Rosebud Thorny Rose Cafe, Alberta Canada. To my honour and stunned amazement, Father Melo arrived unannounced to meet me. He promptly fell in love with Gem and she with him.

Gem. 2018, her last year.

Gem, a few weeks after she adopted me, watching me work on my part of the 2014 court-ordered document exchange for my lawsuit which Encana/Ovintiv pissed on, only partially (a tiny portion of partially) fulfilling the company’s legal responsibility, keeping endless secrets.

I asked my then lead “lawyer” Murray Klippenstein to file an application in court to ask for the missing relevant and important documents needed for my lawsuit to proceed in an economic efficient manner. Alberta Rules of Court do not allow trade secrets. The chemical additives Encana injected into my drinking water supply and that of my neighbours and the Hamlet of Rosebud were withheld from me, as well as thousands of other vital records. Klippenstein refused to file this application, which baffled me then but now – after experiencing his subsequent galling abuses, lies and betrayals – makes sense. Seems my “lawyer” was more representing the status quo and water polluting frac’ers, than me, his paying client.

Parallel situations between Canada and Honduras: Father Melo and Phil Little compare Berta Cáceres with Jessica Ernst on radio program, América Libre.


Comment from a BC resident in response to me posting this:

It would seem to me that the older we live the more we realize that the
threads connecting the systems of power were far more pervasive than we
could have imagined

Of course it makes sense – they are all connected – industry, government,
judiciary, law enforcement, finance –

Gosh – I might almost begin to think that Marx was right. International
capitalism is the problem.

You dared to challenge one of the sacred cows, of course you got more
backlash and repression.

At this point as you ponder these things / write it all down.  Your
struggle has been told by others but perhaps you can begin to write some of
it down for yourself.

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