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A Military Coup, Violence, Exile — What’s Next For Honduras

A Military Coup, Violence, Exile — What’s Next For Honduras

Porfirio Lobo was sworn in as the new president of Honduras, seven months after military-backed politicians deposed President Manuel Zelaya. At his inauguration, Lobo signed an amnesty decree for Zelaya, who after escaping to the Brazilian Embassy is now in the Dominican Republic.

President Lobo declared in his inauguration speech, “The Honduran family begins [the process] of reconciliation.” Amnesty International argues it starts with addressing the nation’s human rights abuses that escalated in the seven month period of having no president. The organization has published a list of recommendations for the new government which claims that no one has been held accountable for the violations that include “police killings, arbitrary detentions, beatings and ill-treatment in detention, sexual abuse of women and girls, harassment of journalists, judges and activists.”

Amnesty’s recommendations for the new government include:

  • Ensure immediate, independent and thorough investigations are conducted into all reports of human rights violations
  • Reject any political or legal measures, such as amnesty provisions which could prevent reparation of human rights violations
  • Improve policing methods by ensuring police officials are trained and accountability mechanisms are strengthened in accordance with the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials
  • Establish a comprehensive national plan for human rights, [addressing] discrimination and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous and LGBT people, and it should be developed with the participation of all sectors of civil society 

Read the full report, including recommendations and accounts of abuses here.

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11:56PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

thanks for sharing.

2:02PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

Thanks for the info.

1:18PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

"You cannot currently send a star to Harold because you have done so within the last week."

1:09PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

Harold, I think I DO understand the foreign policy of the U.S., which is exactly as you say; I agree with you fully.

I chose in this instance to focus specifically on Human Rights violations against LGBT people, first, because such Human Rights violations are often overlooked when violations are considered -- Hate Crimes such as these, deserve to be considered as a separate sub-division of Human Rights violations, they have their unique features.

Secondly, I do think the U.S. Religious Right is cheering these things on from the sidelines, and not just from the sidelines; it is a fact that the U.S. Religious Right have their "missionaries" all over these countries, "missionaries" spreading not so much the "Gospel of Jesus", as the Gospel of HATE! {An ironic oxymoron; "Gospel" means "good news"!}

To focus on Hate Crimes against LGBT people, is not to IGNORE other Human Rights violations. The article mentioned the rights of women being violated, journalists, activists, indigenous people, etc.
All this is not only being "tolerated" by the U.S.; but, putting a brutal-but-US-friendly coup into power that the People have said clearly they DON'T want, simply ENSURES there will be brutal repression on all fronts.

The Right-Wing religious, thru such groups as The Family and its sponsoring of "Prayer Breakfasts" for Congress and the like, DOES have more-than-a-little influence over U.S. foreign policy, when they can get away with it!

8:20AM PST on Feb 3, 2010

BMutiny T, I don't think that you fully understand the foreign policy of the U.S. For example, when it comes to Burma, an outright dictatorship, where human rights abuses abound but where the govt is in bed with the U.S. because they are supportive of our economic interests, the U.S. govt feigns "righteous indignation," but nothing really changes, and where the U.S. has no real plan to overthrow or change that govt. Feigning "righteous indignation" by the U.S. is strictly for public consumption, and nothing more. But, when it comes to countries like Venezuela & Bolivia, whose leaders & govts were in fact democratically-elected, who care more about their people's welfare than that of the U.S., we do more than just feign "righteous indignation," we make every attempt to overthrow, illegally, the current leaders, and, because the U.S. is the biggest gorilla in the room, we usually & eventually succeed without anyone capable of holding us accountable. The bottom line is that the U.S. cares very little about violations of human rights, and itself is a major human rights violator. As long as countries are willing to give us what we want, what they do to their own people is okay with us. For example, if Iran was willing to give the U.S. & Britain full control over their oil & natural gas supplies, the so-called nuclear energy problem with Iran would naturally & magically disappear. Both Hugo Chavez & Evo Morales are in danger of being overthrown.

7:05AM PST on Feb 3, 2010

interesting story

9:52PM PST on Feb 2, 2010

Since the illegal Honduras coup came to power, there have been horrific killings of GLBT people for no other reason than that they were GLBT. And the Honduran government has turned a blind eye.

The Far Right in this country, losing ground in its battle for repression of Gay people here at home, is happy to EXPORT and ENCOURAGE its bigoted agenda abroad.

This is true in Uganda, in other countries in Africa, and in the U.S.-supported coup in Honduras. Wherever they can get a toehold.

9:39PM PST on Feb 2, 2010

The toll on the Hondurans during this time was horrific. I am glad there is some stability, but the military coup was illegal should not have been supported by the US.

2:55PM PST on Feb 2, 2010

Good post, thanks for sharing.

12:21PM PST on Feb 2, 2010

Good post!

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