From the USA To the People of Honduras - You are Not Alone!
We Salute the Honduran People in Resistance and the March of Resistance on February 25, 2010.
The undersigned organizations working in the U.S.A. declare to the international community and to the Honduran people the following:
• The Coup d’etat of June 28, 2009 was unconstitutional and illegal; the human rights violations that it generated, including mass detentions, beatings, imprisonment, rapes, kidnappings, and murders constitute crimes against humanity. Nearly every article of the American Convention on Human Rights has been violated, beginning with the rupture of constitutional order and continuing with the thousands of rights violations.
• These crimes and the crime of the coup itself have not been investigated and the perpetrators have not been brought to justice.
• The elections of November 29 were organized by an illegitimate coup regime, using violent repression against public protest and civic dissent, making free and fair elections impossibility. These elections were not recognized by most of the Honduran people and by most of the international community.
• Since the illegitimate elections of November 29, and, since the inauguration of the defacto government of Pepe Lobo, the human rights violations continue unabated, involving the military, national police, and increasingly, paramilitary death squad forces, targeting anew trade unionists, journalists, indigenous, Garifuna and campesino
communities, and other members of the civil resistance to the coup.
In just the first two weeks of February there have been at least 6 documented murders, kidnappings or other extra-judicial repression
against resistance members:
15 February, JULIO FUNES BENITEZ, a member of the water and sewage workers union SITRASANAA: assassinated.
12 and 14 February, MOVIMIENTO UNIFICADO DE CAMPESINOS DE AGUAN- MUCA: armed attacks by army, police and paramilitaries.
12 February HERMES REYES, a cultural worker with the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ): attacked and beaten by paramilitaries in Siguatepeque.
12 February, PORFIRIO PONCE, vice president of the beverage
workers union STYBIS and a leader of the National Resistance Front: His house in Tegucigalpa raided, his computer confiscated
and his belongings destroyed.
9 February, EDGAR MARTÍNEZ, CAROL RIVERA, MELISSA RIVERA and JOHAN MARTÍNEZ, all active in the resistance movement: Kidnapped, beaten and severely mistreated for three days in San Pedro Sula.
3 February VANESSA YAMILETH ZEPEDA, a nurse and a unionist from the Honduras Institute of Social Security SITRAIHSS active in the resistance movement: kidnapped and assassinated in Tegucigalpa.
Therefore, the installation today, February 25, 2010 of the so-called Truth Commission, organized by the criminals themselves, is a travesty of justice. There can be no “truth” and no “reconciliation” without the end of impunity and the restoration of the Honduran people’s democratic sovereignty.
As organizations in the United States of America we pledge:
• To continue working in solidarity with the Honduran People.
• To publicly and actively oppose the continuing U.S. government policy and actions, both overt and covert, that support as legitimate the defacto government, that continue to give aid or training to the Honduran military, police forces, or paramilitary forces and that are in contradiction with the rights and needs of the Honduran people.
• We also pledge to advocate for justice for the Honduran people in the international courts and international organizations charged with
defense of human rights.
No Truth is Possible While Impunity Reigns!
United Steelworkers (USW), AFL-CIO/CLC
Quixote Center, USA
U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project (USLEAP)
Alliance for Global Justice
US-El Salvador Sister Cities Network
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Association of Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES-USA)
National Lawyers Guild, Task Force on the Americas
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Oscar Romero Faith and Solidarity Network in the Americas (SICSAL-USA)
School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch)
School of the Americas Watch – Illinois
School of the Americas Watch – San Francisco Bay Area, California
Hondureños por la Democracia, Washington, DC
May I Speak Freely Media, Rockville, MD
Resistencia Honduras NY/NJ, New York & New Jersey
Central New York Caribbean/Latin America Coalition (CNY CLAC)
Proyecto Hondureño, Boston, Massachusetts
Comité de Solidaridad con la Resistencia Hondureña, Boston
Chelsea Uniéndose Contra la Guerra, Boston
Centro De Desarrollo Dominicano, Boston
Comité de Refugiados de El Salvador (CORES), Boston
Axis of Logic, Boston and Caracas
Project Voice (AFSC), Massachusetts
Centro Presente, Massachusetts
Job With Justice, Massachusetts
Red Nacional Salvadoreña USA
Romero Interfaith Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Cleveland, Ohio
Casa Morazán, Chicago, Illinois
La Voz de los de Abajo, Chicago, Illinois
Illinois Maya Ministries, Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Eighth Day Center for Justice, Chicago, Illinois
Durango Unido en Chicago – Federación de Duranguenses de México
St. Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America, St. Louis, Missouri
Latin America Solidarity Committee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing, Detroit, Michigan
Minnesota Cuba Committee
Hands Off Honduras, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), California
Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, California
Coalition for Peace and Democracy in Honduras, Los Angeles, California
Koreatown Immigrant Worker Alliance (KIWA), Los Angeles, California
Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America, Raleigh, North Carolina
Friends of Chilama Sister City Project, Crystal Lake, Illinois
Chicago-Cinquera Sister City Project, Chicago, Illinois
Madison/Arcatao Sister City Project (MASCP), Madison, Wisconsin
Binghamton-El Charcón Sister City Project, Binghamton, New York
Lawrence-El Papaturro Friendship Committee, Lawrence, Kansas
Patria Morazán, Houston, Texas
Border Agricultural Workers Project, El Paso, Texas
Hemispheric Social Alliance
Ecumenical Committee of English Speaking Church Personnel (CEPRHI),