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Report: Related Assassinations in Honduras Under President “Pepe” Lobo

11/19/2011 - 11/19/2011.- The list of assassinations in Honduras under the Lobo administration also includes an incomplete list of the names of disappeared and severely wounded. In December, the author of this resport is hoping to add a chronology of violent evictions in the Aguán since Lobo became president. The author requests that if you know of cases that are not included, please email him the information at gcozette@crln.org to further update the list. Special thanks to FIAN Honduras, whose reports have offered the most timely and comprehensive updates and analysis - and for those that translate documents and urgent actions from Spanish into English in relation to the struggle and repression in Honduras.

To read the report click here.




Letter from U.S. organizations in solidarity with the Honduran people to members of Congress - 3/15/2010

Dear Members of Congress,

During her trip to Latin America earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she had sent members of Congress a letter informing them that the administration would be restoring aid to Honduras. “The Honduras crisis has been managed to a successful conclusion” and “without violence”, she told reporters accompanying her on her trip.Secretary Clinton also stated that the government of Porfirio Lobo had “moved quickly to implement many of the recommendations that (…) were incorporated into the [Oct. 30] Tegucigalpa accord”, including “a truth commission that will be set up.”
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Interview with "Grandmother of the Resistance"

03/09/2010 - Q: We are here with the famous grandmother of the resistance. Tell us your name and a little about the struggle of the Honduran people.

A: My name is Dionicia Diaz, grandmother number one. The struggle of the Honduran people is for a constitutional assembly. They carried out a coup d'etat against our president because he was consulting the people, which isn't prohibited here or in China, but it was a consultation of the people to see if the people wanted to have a fourth ballot box in the coming elections. That fourth ballot box would be to see if we wanted a constitutional assembly. Only the constitutional assembly is above our current constitution. They would see if more of us said yes than no, because they were asking both the people who would say yes and those who would say no, it was a popular consultation. But unfortunately they didn't let him consult us because Sunday the 28th of June when they were going to consult us they carried out a coup d'etat, without any justification whatsoever
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Interview: Tortured, Exiled Honduran Journalist Recalls His Experience

02/23/2010 - Q: Before the Honduras Coup Detat of June 28th 2009, tell me a little about your life.

Cesar Silva: I have always been involved in popular struggles. During university I was elected Secretary of the University Reform Front (FRU) from where we constantly held a line of complaints denouncing corruption and participating in different actions to benefit students. I was also elected president of Journalism Students for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2002, during which we founded the "Vanguard University Journal" and "Magazine Alert" that circulated once a month across the country's universities.
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The short story of the Coup

By Prof. Rodolfo Pastor, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Visiting Fellow, Minister of Culture under the Zelaya administration.

I use, for this conference, a different title than the “sexy” one with which our friends at DRCLAS have advertised it. I have misgivings as to how much of an “insider” I have really been and am not sure I will cover here as much or the same territory as my patrons would want. Let me start by warning also of what I am not going to do. I will not attempt to refute the various theses which I consider erroneous of the Coup, either from interested parties or from those uninformed commentators and new “experts” that have proliferated in the last three months. I will not try to solve false legal issues or fill in all the information gaps. Nor will I dramatize the monstrous human rights abuses in Honduras or complain about those who pontificate or are intent on whitewashing the de facto regime. I will not decipher the mysteries of American Foreign Policy, nor inventory the regional power games. And I will not give you a definitive and impartial version of the story, first of all because I am not inclined to do so, secondly because there is such thing as good and evil, black and white, in the face of which shades and subtleties seem irrelevant and lastly, because I am still Secretary of State for Culture…. But much confusion derives from the fact that people don’t know the basic story line and by trade, I feel obliged, on the other hand, to bring that story into a historical and theoretical perspective.

To read the entire essay in pdf format click here.

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The joke and the jokers: Old Hawk Diplomacy and Multilateralism: the Role of the US in the Crisis and Honduran Democracy

By Prof. Rodolfo Pastor, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Visiting Fellow, Minister of Culture under the Zelaya administration.

Someone has to say it to the American people. The people of Honduras feel betrayed by the United States government and resent the bad joke played by American diplomats at its expense. We were led to believe first that the US government sympathized with our plight, only to discover gradually that it is willing to back and whitewash the dictatorship imposed on us. It is not a personal impression, although the jokers have names and faces, which we will consign and remember. Nor is it a matter only of declarations but of facts that speak for themselves, and are of, as yet, unknown but almost certainly terrible consequences. Mark Weisbrot, Co-director of The Center for Economic and Policy Research, based in Washington observes:

The Obama Administration has never once condemned the massive human rights violations committed by the coup regime.

To read the entire essay in pdf format click here.

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CISPES Action Alert: Tell the U.S. to Stop Supporting the Honduran Coup Regime!

Take a stand in support of the Honduran resistance to the coup and demand that the State Department and President Obama government end their support for a brutal, repressive and anti-democratic regime!

TAKE ACTION!

1. Call the State Department and leave a message for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon: 202-647-4000.

Tell them not to recognize the coup regime’s illegitimate elections that are scheduled for November 29. President Zelaya must be reinstated as the first step for the restoration of democracy in Honduras!

2. Then call the White House and leave a second message for President Barack Obama and Dan Restrepo (Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs): 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414.

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Triumph for Democracy in Honduras?

11/02/2009 - 11/02/2009.- On Friday October 30th, a U.S. brokered, Agreement for National Reconciliation and the Strengthening of Democracy in Honduras was signed between President Zelaya and putsch leader Micheletti. Among many sectors, the deal is being hailed as a triumph for democracy in Honduras. Indeed, in their statement, also issued on Friday, the National Resistance Front announced a “celebration of the upcoming restoration of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales as a popular victory over the narrow interests of the coup oligarchy.”
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“Call for a November 2010 Plebiscite so the Honduran People Can Vote on a New Constitution”

By the Youth of ODECO
La Ceiba, Honduras
August 31, 2009

We, young Afro-Hondurans leaders representing the communities of Bajamar, Corozal, Masca, Tornabe, Río Esteban, La Ensenada, Nuevo Go, Sambo Creek, Nueva Armenia, Punta Gorda, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Batalla, Trujillo, Puerto Castilla, Triunfo de La Cruz, Limón, San José de la Punta, San Juan, Santa Rosa de Aguan, Sangrelaya, Ciriboya, Cocalito, Plaplaya, Colonia Alfonso Lacayo Sánchez, Travesía, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and the city of La Ceiba, at the conclusion of the XVIII National Gathering of Afro-Honduran Youth of the Organization for Ethnic and Community Development (ODECO), celebrated in the city of La Ceiba, Atlántida, at the Satuye Cultural Center on August 27, 28, 29 and 30 of this year [...]
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Honduras: Under the Horses Feet or Images of Garifuna Life

By Isis Libertad

It was summer 2005, the year of the last general elections. We went along to see the parade; the high spot of the Fair that Tela celebrates every year.

We travelled to Tela from our Garifuna town ten minutes away, with the kids. Roads were closed and full of people in festive gear, a mixed crowd of Mestizos and Garifuna crowded the main square. We bumped into so many friends! I think most people from our village must have been there. Everyone new everyone: cheers, greetings, broad smiles. The intense humid heat mixed with the lowd music coming from the speakers made a powerful cocktail in the bright Sunday afternoon. We held tight onto the hands of the two younger girls and struggled to find a good spot on the pavement to see the parade.
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First Military Coup of 21st Century Reverses Honduran Women's Gains in Human Rights

By Margaret Thompson
FIRE – Feminist International Radio Endeavour/Radio Internacional Feminista

August 24, 2009 - Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The military coup d’état in Honduras on June 28th has seriously eroded democratic institutions and hard-fought gains in women’s human rights and human rights in general. Setbacks include the takeover and militarization of the National Institute of Women (INAM) by the defacto coup administration, the suspension of 25 people including 18 women from their jobs at INAM, and violent repression by security forces of feminists who were protesting in front of the ministry, ordered by the defacto appointed Minister of Women.
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Amnesty International Report

08/19/2009 - Amnesty International is publishing this summary of findings to highlight serious human rights concerns which should be addressed as a matter of urgency. These concerns include the increasingly disproportionate and excessive use of force being used by the police and military to repress legitimate and peaceful protests across the country. Female protestors are particularly vulnerable and some women and girls taking part in the demonstrations are reportedly suffering gender based violence and abuse at the hands of police officers. At least two protestors have died as a result of gunshot wounds: nineteen-year-old, Isis Obed Murillo died on 5 July at Toncontín airport in Tegucigalpa, where protestors awaited the return of President Zelaya. On 1 August, 38- year- old teacher Roger Abraham Vallejo died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained from a bullet wound to the head, reportedly fired by police during the break up of the protest which took place in Tegucigalpa on 30 July 2009
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Honduras: A Twenty-first Century Coup?

07/24/2009 - By Aviva Chomsky

07-24-2009.- We’ve heard a lot of talk about the coup in Honduras is a “twenty-first century coup,” with the implication that things are different now from the way they were in the twentieth century. Especially, people seem to think that things are different now that Obama is president of the United States.

Obviously, this coup did take place in the twenty-first century. But we should look closely at what has changed, and what remains the same, between the coups of the twentieth century and the current coup in Honduras. Let’s begin by looking at two of the main actors in the coups of the twentieth century: the United Fruit Company and the U.S. military.

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