NEWPORT, R.I. – Rev. Ismael Moreno, the human rights activist known as Padre Melo, will give a public presentation on “The Price of Truth: Human Rights in Honduras Since the Coup” when he visits Salve Regina University on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, Melo’s talk will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
After a presidential coup sent Honduras into disarray, Melo, a Jesuit priest, became the voice against the government and an advocate for freedom of expression. His life has been repeatedly threatened, but he continues as the director of Radio Progreso, the “voice of the people” in Honduras.
Melo’s presentation will focus on the struggles and successes of building a fair and inclusive society. The Honduran coup of 2009 ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya under orders from the Honduran Supreme Court and military and sent the country into disarray. Since that time, Melo estimates more than 50 journalists and social commentators have been murdered, kidnapped or tortured in Honduras.
This event is sponsored by Witness for Peace New England.