Honduran women murdered

This video from the USA says about itself:

Honduras Human Rights Platform Tribute Video

Tribue video for recepients of the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award at the National Press Club 10/13/2010.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Femicide rising rapidly warns charity

Monday 30 May 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

Aid charity Oxfam warned today that women are dying in Honduras because of a deadly mixture of gun crime, political instability and the “systematic indifference” of the police.

A report released by Oxfam Honduras and a Honduran NGO, the Tribunal of Women Against Femicide, revealed the number of women being killed in Honduras has spiked dramatically since a right-wing military coup deposed President Manuel Zelaya in July 2009.

In the month after the coup there was a 60 per cent rise in the number of femicides, with the bodies of more than 50 women found in the two largest cities Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Oxfam also accused the new government of Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, voted in three months after the coup, of inaction and complicity in the growing wave of murders.

Maritza Gallardo of Oxfam Honduras said: “Since the coup in July 2009, we’ve seen a sharp rise in gender-based killings, with many of these crimes simply going unreported.

“We don’t even really know just how many women are being killed because families of victims are afraid to report violence and murders, because they realise the legal system gives impunity to those responsible for the killings.”

A surge in violent crime is also claiming the lives of hundreds of Honduran women as Central America’s notorious Mara gangs extend their power.

“In many cases the women who die are not directly involved in gangs, drug-dealing or commercial sex work.

“In most cases they are the victims of vengeance attacks, carried out to send a message to male family members,” Ms Gallardo added.

“The lives of these women are simply seen as collateral damage as gang violence gets worse.”

See also here.

Naomi Glassman, Council on Hemispheric Affairs: “On May 22nd, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and former President Manuel Zelaya signed an accord in Cartagena, Colombia providing a path for Zelaya’s return to Honduras from exile, as well as the readmission of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS). A May 2nd ruling by the Honduran Supreme Court annulled the criminal charges against Zelaya, thus permitting him to safely return to his country. His main advisor, Rasel Tome, announced that Zelaya is likely to arrive on the weekend of May 28th. Zelaya’s return to Honduras is the principal requirement for Honduras’ readmission to the OAS. Accordingly, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza has announced that Honduras has already met the necessary conditions for its reentry into the organization”: here.

Honduras: Thousands greet ousted president, repression grows: here.

US Supports Bloody Regime in Honduras. Andrew Kennis, Truthout: “Jose Recinos, Genaro Cuestas and Joel Santamaria were off to an early start to buy some farming materials with some other campesinos. None of them ever arrived at their destination: they were ambushed by a sea of bullets resulting in the deaths of Recinos, Cuestas and Santamaría and severe injuries to three of their companions. Killings such as these are far from unusual in Honduras, which has been described by leading human rights organizations as a country besieged by state-sponsored violence and repression”: here.

Coming to Grips With Feminicide: here.

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