TSE Asked to Impose Sanctions for Political Party’s Exploitation of Children

The director of the Honduran Institute for Children and the Family (IHNFA – Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia), Felipe Morales, has filed an action before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), for the suspension of commercials where children are being exploited.

The document establishes that there are currently political advertisements for the LIBRE party that are in violation of the legal provisions contained in the Law of Electoral and Political Organizations, to the detriment of the rights of children and adolescents, and calls for imposing sanctions against those political institutions for making use of children in their campaigns. Honduras TSE requested to impose sanctions for using children in political advertisements.

Felipe Morales condemned the vulgar use of minors during events or political rallies, and alluded to the incident at a recent LIBRE political rally held in San Miguel of Tegucigalpa, where the crowd was appalled when two young girls dressed in boots, short skirts and bralets were presented on stage as “the shakiras”, and danced before the crowd to reggaeton music. “Apart from this, a commercial where a girl is singing around the allegorical questions of one party.”  “As an officer of the State, I have the legal obligation to denounce these acts,” said Felipe Morales.

The Law of Electoral and Political Organizations specifically prohibits involving children and adolescents in political propaganda, unless they are presented as part of a candidate’s family, and states that violators of the provisions of this article shall be punished by an appropriate fine.

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