Honduran dictatorship’s anti-people violence


This video says about itself:

Solidarity greeting from one of the central leaders of the resistance in Honduras to the people of the US. Filmed by Shaun Joseph. Miguel Luna – reporter

From truthout in the USA:

Amnesty: Honduras Testimonies Show Extent of Police Violence

Thursday 20 August 2009

by: Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

There has been very little attention in the US press to repression in Honduras under the coup regime. Hopefully, that will now change: Amnesty International issued a report today documenting “serious ill-treatment by police and military of peaceful protesters” in Honduras, warning that “beatings and mass arrests are being used as a way of punishing people for voicing their opposition” to the coup.

An Amnesty International delegation interviewed people, who were detained after police and military broke up a peaceful demonstration July 30. Most detainees had injuries as a consequence of police beatings.

‘Hundreds of Hondurans brutally beaten by police’: here.

Coup Catalyzes Honduran Women’s Movement: here.

Coup Protestor Gang-Raped by Honduran Police: here.

Amnesty International denounces repression in Honduras: here.

On Friday nearly 100 Latin America scholars and experts sent an open letter to Human Rights Watch urging HRW to speak up about human rights violations in Honduras under the coup regime and to conduct its own investigation of these abuses. The letters’ signers include Honduras experts Dana Frank and Adrienne Pine, Latin America experts Eric Hershberg, John Womack, and Greg Grandin, and noted authors Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein: here.

Brazil calls for stronger U.S. action on Honduras: here.

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10 thoughts on “Honduran dictatorship’s anti-people violence

  1. Commission confirms rights violations in Honduras

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    TEGUCIGALPA — A delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights confirmed that coup leaders in Honduras have committed violations of human rights.

    The group also said that “only a return to institutional democracy” will allow Honduras to restore individual rights.

    Latin American governments have been seeking a reinstatement of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya who was ousted in a June 28 coup.

    The Organization of American States has suspended Honduras’s membership in the body over the coup.

    Amnesty International said Wednesday that protesters in Honduras were being beaten and arrested by police and the military for opposing the de facto government.

    The London-based rights organization said it has collected evidence of mass arrests and violence against protesters by authorities since the interim government came to power in the June 28 bloodless coup.

    “Mass arbitrary arrests and ill treatment of protesters are a serious and growing concern in Honduras today,” said Amnesty researcher Esther Major.

    “Detention and ill treatment of protestors are being employed as form of punishment for those openly opposing the de facto government and also as a deterrent for those contemplating taking to the streets to peacefully show their discontent with the political turmoil the country is experiencing.”

    Major said interviews with protesters including students detailed how police beat them with batons after their arrest at a peaceful demonstration on July 30 in the capital Tegucigalpa.

    In a statement, Amnesty said harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders and attacks as well as restrictions imposed on media outlets in Honduras were also concerns.

  2. NATIONAL SOLIDARITY MARCH AGAINST THE COUP D’ETAT IN HONDURAS!
    FRI., AUG. 28 4-7pm
    Rally assembles at: Times Square
    (42nd St. & 7th Avenue) – New York, NY
    March to & ending rally at: 48th St & 1st Avenue (Honduran Embassy)

    We demand:
    – Stop the killings & repression of the Honduran people
    – No to human rights violations in Honduras
    – Support the non-violent resistance of the Honduran People and the National Front for Resistance Against the Coup d’état
    – Immediate return of Constitutional law and restore Constitutional President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales
    – No to an electoral process as product of the de facto regime
    – No to the militarization of Honduras, or U.S. military bases in Honduras

    Events in the following cities:
    Boston MA, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Houston TX, Hudson
    County NJ, Los Angeles CA, Raleigh NC, Atlanta GA

    Contacts for more information: 917.841.3643 celcas2000@gmail.com, 212.633.6646 iacenter@action-mail.org

    Initiating and Endorsing Organizations: National IAC, May 1st, NALACC/NY (Acción Comunitaria La Aurora, Movimiento de Inmigrantes Guatemaltecos (MIGUA), Comite Honduras Resistencia USA, CENTRO HISPANO “Cuzcatlán”, Desfile Hondureño/ Centroamericano, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Red por la Paz y el Desarrollo de Guatemala, Salvadoran American National Network (SANN), Casa Mary Johana, Raices de Mis Ancestros), Acción comunitaria Aurora, New York Immigration Coalition, Red de Organizaciones Afro-Centroamericanas-USA, Comité en Unión de Salvadoreños -CEUS-, Comité Guatemalteco Tecun Umán, Latino Commission on AIDS, La Peña del Bronx, Trabajadoras por la Paz, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, Troops Out Now Coalition, Bail Out the People Movement, Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional – FMLN, Red de Comunidades Salvadoreñas en el Exterior, Empresarios por el Cambio, Centro de
    Derechos Laborales, Ramsey Clark, Manhattan Local Green Party, NYC; Rev. Luis Barrios; IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Iglesia San Romero de las Americas-UCC, Bayan USA; Artists & Activists United for Peace, Peruvians in Action; Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center; Millions 4 Mumia; International League for Peoples Struggle; Comité Dominicano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos, Take Bake Our Union, Picture the Homeless,Harlem Tenants Council, Harlem Anti-War Coalition, Network of Afro-Central American Organization, Al Awda NY, Palestine Right to Return Coalition Jersey City Peace Movement, NJ Action 21, Colectivo Rebel-Diaz, Taller Experimental de Arte, Comité HondurasUSAresisitencia, Comite Dominicano ,de Solidaridad con los Pueblos.

    MARCHA NACIONAL SOLIDARIA
    CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO EN HONDURAS
    VIE., 28 de AGO. de 4-7pm
    Rally Salida de: Times Square
    (Calle 42 y 7ª avenida) – New York, NY
    Trayecto y finalidad: Calle 42 hasta la calle 48 y 1ra Ave.
    (Embajadora Hondureña)

    – Alto a la los asesinatos y la represión del Pueblo Hondureño
    – Alto a las violaciones a los derechos humanos en Honduras
    – Apoyamos a la resistencia pacífica del Pueblo Hondureño a través del Frente Nacional de Resistencia Contra el Golpe de Estado
    – Retorno inmediato a la institucionalidad y la restitución del Presidente Constitucional José Manuel Zelaya Rosales
    – No al proceso electoral como producto de un régimen de facto
    – Alto a la militarización en Honduras, Fuera de Honduras bases militares EEUU

    Eventos alredor del pais:
    Boston MA, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Houston TX, Hudson
    County NJ, Los Angeles CA, Raleigh NC, Atlanta GA

    Para más información, comuníquese al: 917.841.3643
    celcas2000@gmail.com, 212.633.6646 iacenter@action-mail.org

    Organizadores: National IAC, May 1st, NALACC/NY (Acción Comunitaria La Aurora, Movimiento de Inmigrantes Guatemaltecos (MIGUA), Comite Honduras Resistencia USA, CENTRO HISPANO “Cuzcatlán”, Desfile Hondureño/ Centroamericano, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Red por la Paz y el Desarrollo de Guatemala, Salvadoran American National Network (SANN), Casa Mary Johana, Raices de Mis Ancestros), Acción comunitaria Aurora, New York Immigration Coalition, Red de Organizaciones Afro-Centroamericanas-USA, Comité en Unión de Salvadoreños -CEUS-, Comité Guatemalteco Tecun Umán, Latino Commission on AIDS, La Peña del Bronx, Trabajadoras por la Paz, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, Troops Out Now Coalition, Bail Out the People
    Movement, Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional – FMLN, Red de Comunidades Salvadoreñas en el Exterior, Empresarios por el Cambio, Centro de Derechos Laborales, Ramsey Clark, Manhattan Local Green Party, NYC; Rev. Luis Barrios; IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Iglesia San Romero de las Americas-UCC, Bayan USA; Artists & Activists United for Peace, Peruvians in Action; Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center; Millions 4 Mumia; International League for Peoples Struggle; Comité Dominicano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos, Take Back Our Union, Picture the Homeless,Harlem Tenants Council, Harlem Anti-War Coalition, Network of Afro-Central American Organization, Al Awda NY, Palestine Right to Return Coalition Jersey City Peace Movement, NJ Action 21, Colectivo Rebel-Diaz, Taller Experimental de Arte, Comité HondurasUSAresisitencia, Comite Dominicano ,de Solidaridad con los Pueblos. Trabajo de solidaridad donado por organizadores comunitarios

  3. Delegation seeks Zelaya’s return in Honduras visit

    Foreign ministers from seven nations launched a direct, high-profile attempt on Monday to persuade Honduras’ interim government to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

    By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA

    Associated Press Writer
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras —

    Foreign ministers from seven nations launched a direct, high-profile attempt on Monday to persuade Honduras’ interim government to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

    The delegation from the Organization of American States was the most prominent group of officials to visit Honduras since Zelaya was arrested and hustled out of the country on June 28, prompting outrage from governments worldwide.

    The foreign ministers – from Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic – made no public comments on arrival, but Mexico’s Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa told the Mexican newspaper Reforma that they want to hear from Hondurans before deciding what steps to take next.

    “We have hope that through dialogue and negotiation we will find a solution to the crisis in Honduras,” Espinosa said in an interview published Monday.

    OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza accompanied the group.

    The OAS is pressuring the interim government to accept a plan proposed by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias that would return Zelaya to power until new elections are held by the end of November.

    The government headed by interim President Roberto Micheletti has repeatedly refused that plan, arguing that it would trample on rulings by the country’s Supreme Court and Congress.

    “To impose a president legally removed from the presidency, it’s an option that the Honduran Constitution does not allow,” said Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez in a letter published Monday in Honduran newspapers.

    He also rejected the possibility of granting Zelaya amnesty.

    “As powerful as some governments may be, they shouldn’t try to impose their will on our nation,” Lopez wrote.

    Micheletti, who has withstood weeks of diplomatic isolation and the suspension of international aid, insists that Congress legitimately removed Zelaya from office for ignoring court orders to drop efforts to change the Honduran constitution.

    Many Hondurans saw Zelaya’s backing of a constitutional assembly as a backdoor way of erasing the ban on re-election and heading toward socialist rule like that of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

    Zelaya, whose term expires in January, denies plotting to remove term limits or the ban on re-election.

    Some 2,000 Zelaya supporters took to the streets Monday, marching peacefully through the capital.

  4. Human rights abuses in Honduras under coup government

    Dallas Living Abroad Examiner

    August 24, 4:18 PM

    Honduran indigenous, holding up a chain, take part in a demonstration in support of Honduras’ ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Tegucigalpa, Friday, Aug 21, 2009. The rights group Amnesty International is alleging widespread abuse of protesters demanding the return of Zelaya, saying in a report Wednesday that hundreds of people have been beaten and detained under the interim government. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    On Friday, August 21, 2009, 100 Latin America scholars and experts sent an open letter to Human Rights Watch urging them to speak up about the human rights violations in Honduras under the coup regime. They have requested that they conduct their own investigations. Additionally, two noted authors, Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein have signed the request. While Human Rights Watch is independent of the U.S. Government, the information it provides has proved to be very influential to the government.

    This week Amnesty International issued a new report on the coup regime’s violation of human rights in suppressing peaceful protests. Democracy Now is asking the U.S. government to take further actions against the coup. In an interview with an investigator for Amnesty International, Esther Major, she reports arbitrary arrests and beatings of peaceful protestors. Ms. Major indicates that they interviewed a variety of people who had been beaten repeatedly by police while in custody. One day, in one police station, at least 75 people were detained for peaceful protests; and protests are taking place everyday all over Honduras. She believes that the coup government is sending a message to the people “If you come out on the streets and peacefully demonstrate, this is what happens. We will arbitrarily detain you. We will beat you.”

    Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona, along with 15 other Members of Congress, has co-written a letter to President Obama, urging him to take further measures against the coup government in Honduras. He has asked the President and State Department to denounce the human rights violations in Honduras. He has indicated that this is an escalating and dangerous situation for the citizens of Honduras. He has also requested the freezing of assets of people involved in the coup and the suspension of all aid other than humanitarian. Those are actions that do not hurt the Honduran people.

    The coup government in Honduras has confined Venezuelan and Argentine diplomats to their embassies in the country and has threatened to arrest and later deport them if they step outside of the embassy gate, the foreign minister reported on Saturday. This is due to the fact that they refused to leave before the deadline set by the interim government.

  5. Honduras: pre-revolutionary situation?

    By Ricardo Arturo Salgado, translated by Felipe Stuart Cournoyer
    August 22, 2009 — Pre-revolutionary situation? Some analyses of the
    situation in Honduras are fairly static. We have to differ with many
    local and foreign analysts who have tried to understand the situation in
    Honduras by imposing pre-existing parameters and by using basic concepts
    of the Marxist dialectic without any scientific criterion. Many have
    seen a failure of the Honduran grassroots resistance, failing to
    understand that historical materialism is not a mathematical formula
    where only variables change, but rather, a way to interpret reality
    objectively.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1215

  6. Honduras: Asking the right questions to reach better answers

    By Ricardo Arturo Salgado, translated from the Spanish by Felipe Stuart
    Cournoyer
    August 21, 2009 — Tegucigalpa — A lot has been written on the Honduran
    situation, more in solidarity with opposition to the coup than in favour
    of it. The media seems to feed on scandalous news — no blood, no news.
    Unless what’s involved is a people on the way to liberation…

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1212

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