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By Raul Connolly in Australia:
16 January 2010
The revival of death squads in Honduras has resulted in a significant increase in the abduction, rape, torture and murder of opponents of the regime that overthrew elected President Manuel Zelaya last June.
Death squads tied to the regime have increased their activity in the weeks after the fraudulent November 29 elections, which were boycotted by at least 65% of the population.
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A January 1 statement by the Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Detained of Honduras said: “This week’s kidnapping, disappearance, torture and interrogation of journalist Cesar Omar Silva by a street patrol with military training confirms the existence of a pattern of systematic violations of human rights committed by the same structure that violated the constitutional order on June 28, 2009.
“The recent, related murders of Walter Trochez and Edwin Renan Fajardo [and] the sustained kidnappings and attacks on the staff of El Libertador and Radio Globo … confirms that a death squad with a terrorist infrastructure is operating in the country with the knowledge of the Police and the Army.
“In addition, the violent deaths of other [FNRG] members carried out in a selective manner by hit men in the service of the de facto regime, and the pursuit, disappearance, torture and interrogation of independent journalists, repeats the pattern of the 1980s-1990s, which left a tragic legacy of political assassinations and hundreds of forced disappearances.”
Amnesty International called on Tuesday for Honduras’s president elect Porfirio Lobo to order an investigation into human rights abuses as his first act as leader when he assumes office on Wednesday: here.
Mass demonstrations and a boycott by Latin American heads of state has greeted the inauguration of Porfirio Lobo as president of Honduras, as the leader ousted in last year’s coup prepared to go into exile in the Dominican Republic: here.
Former president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya arrived in the Dominican Republic on Thursday to be received by an honour guard as he thanked the country’s president for “rescuing me from 129 days of imprisonment”: here.
The following statement was released on January 26 by Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which is part of the National Resistance Front Against the Coup (FNRG), on the protests planned for the following day against the inauguration of “president” Porfirio Lobo Sosa: here.
Two very different political meetings have highlighted how the aftermath of the coup d’etat in Honduras continues to polarise Latin American politics: here.
Honduran opposition group the National Front for Popular Resistance (FNRP) has torn into the ruling National Party’s promise to set up a “truth commission” to investigate last year’s coup d’etat, branding it “pure show”: here.