Juan Almendares abandons the race for Ombudsman, says "the process is illegitimate"

English translation by Vicki Cervantes of La Voz de los de Abajo of Spanish article on Dr. Almendares' withdrawal from Human Rights Comissioner election in today's C-Libre from El Proceso Digital

Tegucigalpa - The ex-rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) Juan Almendares Bonilla, abandoned the race to become the Ombudsman and called the selection process of the new Comisionar for Human Rights “illegitimate”. With this decision 21 professionals are left in the race. Three withdrew from the candidacy.

Almendares stated that he is withdrawing from the candidacy for National Comisionar for Human Rights (CONADEH) due to the fact that he would never be permitted to occupy such an important position because of his positions on certain problems in the country.

“For example I have been a very strong critic of the government of the United Stataes as well as against mining companies and other projects that affect the environment”, he stated.

He continued, “there is no one with the moral authority to disqualify me regarding the theme of human rights”.

Almendares Bonilla said that the main argument for abandoning his candidacy is the illegitimacy of the process. “Here there is no accountability and the congressmen who represent their political parties will defend their own interests”, he affirmed.

He lamented that the process to select the new Ombudsman is exclusive and doesn’t permit campesino leaders to run just because they don’t have a university degree.

“I withdraw as a candidate because I can’t endorse the process, I am not in agreement with the way the election will be held. It has to do with a practice in defense of human rights and that is not known by the commission”, Almendares Bonilla finished.

Doctor Almendares has had a professional trajectory very many recognitions of his scientific contributions and social projection. A loyal defender of human rights he is considered to be a man of principles.

La lista final de postulantes a Comisionado de Derechos Humanos la componen: Orle Solís, Miguel Ángel Ortiz, Germán Edgardo Enamorado, Ramón Custodio, Linda Lizzie Rivera, Delmy Anarda Banegas, María Fernanda Castro, Wilfredo Méndez y Joaquín Mejía.

También, Reina Rivera Joya, Mario Roberto Ríos, Julia Eva Vásquez, Efraín Díaz Arrivillaga, Nora Urbina, Héctor Herrera Cáceres, Mario Morazán Aguilera, Luis Alonso Discua, Ana Alejandrina Pineda, Norman Rolando Ruiz y Heriberto Baquedano.

The final list of candidates for Comisionar of Human Rights consists of : Orle Solís, Miguel Ángel Ortiz, Germán Edgardo Enamorado, Ramón Custodio, Linda Lizzie Rivera, Delmy Anarda Banegas, María Fernanda Castro, Wilfredo Méndez y Joaquín Mejía.

And also: Reina Rivera Joya, Mario Roberto Ríos, Julia Eva Vásquez, Efraín Díaz Arrivillaga, Nora Urbina, Héctor Herrera Cáceres, Mario Morazán Aguilera, Luis Alonso Discua, Ana Alejandrina Pineda, Norman Rolando Ruiz y Heriberto Baquedano.

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If his position was not

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