Honduran congresswoman speaks about the dictatorship

By Belén Fernández, Special to The Narco News Bulletin:

AUGUST 30, 2009, SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS: Congresswoman Silvia Ayala of the anti-coup Unificación Democrática (UD) Party had just returned from Mexico and was en route to the Dominican Republic, part of a trajectory aimed at strengthening international condemnation of the June 28 coup d’etat against President Mel Zelaya. She made time to speak with me at a cafeteria in the northwestern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula and arrived with her husband and two children, who alternately contributed anecdotes to the discussion, answered Ayala’s cell phone, and—in the case of her young son—drew pictures in a notebook.

A lawyer herself, Ayala announced that about 200 Honduran attorneys had actively joined the coup resistance despite the general alliance between Honduran law school faculties and the political right. The Spanish description of the alliance exploits the homophonic similarity between derecho—law—and derecha, right, with additional Spanish homophony made possible by the arrival that day of Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain to investigate coup regime violations of derechos humanos, human rights.

Such derechos had been one focus of Ayala’s recent appearance at the Foro de Sao Paulo in Mexico City, attended by over 500 mainly Latin American delegates.

At the cafeteria in San Pedro Sula, Ayala listed what she considered to be some of the primary violations currently occurring in Honduras, including instances of assassination and torture and a general persecution of Nicaraguan nationals innocently going about their business. As for curtailment of other liberties, Ayala informed me that she had learned from a hotel television set in June that Roberto Micheletti had been unanimously voted in as coup President, a unanimity that was apparently easier to maintain when certain members of Congress [including Ms Ayala herself] were not permitted to vote and were instead reduced to watching congressional proceedings on television.

US role in Colombia and Honduras sparks Latin American criticism: here.

Honduran Military Coup Reverses Women’s Gains in Human Rights: here.

US trade unionists have called on Washington to “take all necessary steps” to facilitate the restoration of democracy in Honduras and prevent the coup regime from “brutalising” Honduran women: here.

Joseph Shansky was part of a Global Exchange delegation of activists to Honduras who went to witness the daily protests, monitor human rights violations and report back to the international community on conditions since the June 28 military coup: here.

MANAGUA, Nov 5, 2010 (IPS) – Nicaragua has made some progress promoting gender equity and the empowerment of women, but it will have to step up efforts and overcome a number of hurdles if it is to eliminate inequalities between the sexes at all levels by 2015: here.

10 thoughts on “Honduran congresswoman speaks about the dictatorship

  1. Coup chief plots election campaign

    Honduras: The coup regime formally launched campaigning for the November 29 elections on Sunday, even as the Organisation of American States said that it will not recognise the result.

    Supporters of coup chief Roberto Micheletti insisted that the vote is legitimate because it was called by the country’s electoral body on May 29 – one month prior to his takeover.

    But supporters of the country’s constitutional President Manuel Zelaya have vowed to boycott the polls and OAS secretary-general Jose Miguel Insulza has warned that only Mr Zelaya’s return to the presidency will end the political crisis.



  2. Honduras: Al Giordano — `The people are organising creatively to
    topple the coup’

    August 26, 2009, marks 60 days since Honduras’ oligarchy overthrew the
    elected president of the country. As protests against the coup continue
    without let up, Western governments have refused to do anything concrete
    to support democracy, or as in the case of the US administration of
    President Barack Obama, been complicit. The international corporate mass
    media has shunned providing coverage of the mass opposition in the
    streets of Tegucigalpa. This news blackout, and the resulting heightened
    state repression, has done little to deter the ongoing resistance to the
    coup inside Honduras.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1219


  3. The student-owned bookstore at the University of Nevada, Reno is dumping one of its suppliers.

    The facility joins a number of other campuses across the nation that have dropped Russell Athletic Apparel because of its labor practices in Honduras.

    United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) has been organizing campuses against Russell and its owner Fruit of the Loom. USAS charges that workers at a Honduran plant work overtime unpaid to meet high production quotas and are provided with unsanitary drinking water. In October 2008, workers at the Honduran plant attempted to organize in response to wages of $40 to $60 a week.

    Russell’s Jerzees De Honduras plant was shut down at a time when the company faced an order to resume negotiations with the union, USAS says, leaving 1,800 employees without a job.



  4. Brazil suspends visa waiver agreement with Honduras

    http://www.chinaview.cn 2009-09-04 09:14:50

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Brazil will temporarily suspend the visa waiver agreement with Honduras, in an act of protest against the deposition of President Manuel Zelaya, foreign ministry said Thursday.

    The move, which is to take effect on Saturday, will require a visa from any Honduran citizen who wishes to enter the Brazilian territory, but it won’t affect those Hondurans who are already in Brazil.

    The visa waiver agreement, which was signed between the two countries in 2004, allowed Hondurans to enter Brazil without a visa.

    The ministry said its decision was based on resolutions adopted by the Organization of American States’ and the United Nations, and was aiming at reiterating Brazil’s non-recognition of the Honduran de facto government.

    Brazil expressed several times its disapproval of the June 28 coup in Honduras that forced the President Manuel Zelaya into exile. It called back its ambassador in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa soon after the coup.

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stressed in several occasions that Zelaya should be reinstated to position as soon as possible. Lula also asked U.S. President Barack Obama to take measures against the new Honduran government.

    Last week, after a failed diplomatic mission to the country, Washington decided to suspend the visa issuing to the Hondurans.


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