Will coup-toppled Honduran president return?

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Clinton & the Coup: Amid Protests in Honduras, Ex-President on Hillary’s Role in His 2009 Ouster

28 July 2015

In Honduras, as many as 25,000 people marched Friday demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. The protests come six years after a coup ousted Honduras’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.

In an exclusive interview, Zelaya talks about the new protest movement, the fallout from the 2009 coup, and Hillary Clinton’s role in his ouster. “On the one hand, [the Obama administration] condemned the coup, but on the other hand, they were negotiating with the leaders of the coup,” Zelaya said. “And Secretary Clinton lent herself to that, maintaining that ambiguity of U.S. policy to Honduras, which has resulted in a process of distrust and instability of Latin American governments in relation to U.S. foreign policies.”

While the United States publicly supported Zelaya’s return to power, newly released emails show Clinton was attempting to set up a back channel of communication with Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as Honduran president after the coup. In one email, Clinton referenced lobbyist and former President Clinton adviser Lanny Davis. She wrote, “Can he help me talk w Micheletti?” At the time, Davis was working for the Honduran chapter of the Business Council of Latin America, which supported the coup. In another email, Thomas Shannon, the State Department’s lead negotiator for the Honduras talks, refers to Manuel Zelaya as a “failed” leader.

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Honduras: Coup-toppled Zelaya may stand for president again

Friday 27th May 2016

TOPPLED Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has announced plans to run for office again next year — if the incumbent does the same.

Latin American media reported late on Wednesday that “Mel” Zelaya, the popular leader deposed in 2009’s US-backed coup d’etat, would be on the ballot paper in his Liberty and Refoundation (Libre) party’s presidential candidate elections.

The Libre party was founded in 2011 by the National Popular Resistance Front, a coalition of organisations that opposed the coup.

Mr Zelaya’s wife Xiomara Castro was the party’s candidate in the 2013 presidential election, coming second with 29 per cent of the vote to 34 per cent for coup candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez.

The ruling National Party hinted in March that Mr Hernandez may seek office for a second time after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional one-term limit last year.

Mr Zelaya’s calling of an indicative, non-binding plebiscite on forming a constituent assembly to discuss term limits, on the day of the 2009 presidential election in which he was not standing, was used as to justify the coup.

Congressional speaker Roberto Micheletti, a turncoat member of the Liberal Party that Mr Zelaya led until his overthrow, was installed as interim president while the security forces brutally cracked down on opposition to the coup.

Violence against the opposition continues to this day, with indigenous people’s rights campaigner Berta Caceres assassinated in March.

Honduran women fight for their rights

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Honduran Women Organize to Demand Legal Abortion

25 May 2016

Abortion in Honduras was completely banned in 1997. Now social movements are demanding the government to approve it under certain circumstances.

Honduras murders of entironmentalists, and Hillary Clinton

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Obama Urged to Stop Funding Honduran Military as Questions Grow over US Role in Berta Caceres’ Death

24 May 2016

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has returned from a visit to Tegucigalpa, where he met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to discuss migration and security.

Johnson’s visit comes as a growing number of activists in Honduras and in the United States are calling on the United States to stop funding the Honduran military, over accusations that state security forces have been involved in human rights violations, extrajudicial killings—and the murder of internationally renown environmentalist Berta Cáceres.

Before her death, Berta and her organization COPINH was long the target of repression by elite Honduran security forces and paramilitary organizations. Earlier this month, four people were arrested in connection with her murder, including Army Major Mariano Díaz Chávez and Edilson Duarte Meza, who is reportedly a retired captain. Press accounts report Díaz Chávez graduated from the prestigious U.S. Ranger-supported Honduran special forces course TESON, raising questions about whether U.S.-trained troops were involved in carrying out Berta’s murder. We speak to Annie Bird, director of Rights & Ecology, a project of the Center for Political Ecology.

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As Hillary Clinton Defends Her Role in 2009 Coup, Is U.S. Aid to Honduras Adding “Fuel to the Fire”?

24 May 2016

We speak with Annie Bird about Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of state during the 2009 coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. “There’s no other way to categorize what happened in 2009 other than a military coup with no legal basis,” Bird says. “The U.S. was not willing to cut off assistance to Honduras, and that is the only reason it was not called a coup, a military coup. At the time, activists like Berta called for the assistance to be cut off, and today her children are calling for it to be cut off, because the U.S. assistance is actually adding fuel to the fire and stoking the economic interests of the people behind the coup.”

Honduras, violence aganst environmentalists and journalists

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The Resurrection of a Honduran Journalist

13 May 2016

Days after suffering a double attempt on his life, Felix Molina gets back to work covering the case of slain indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres murdered, independent investigation demanded

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Family of Berta Cáceres Calls for Further Investigation

6 May 2016

The family of the slain environmentalist says that they want an independent investigation.

Honduran Big Business murders of environmentalists

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Repression Has Become the Norm in Honduras

4 May 2016

Four men associated with DESA

Desarrollos Energéticos, SA (DESA), the private energy company behind the environmentally controversial Agua Zarca dam

arrested for the murder of Berta Caceres, but Grahame Russell of Rights Action Canada says there are too many serious irregularities with the investigation to trust it.

Hillary Clinton and the coup in Honduras

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Hear Hillary Clinton Defend Her Role in Honduras Coup

13 April 2016

With the New York primary less than a week away, the race for the Democratic nomination continues to heat up. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will meet Thursday in Brooklyn for their first debate in over a month. We begin today’s show looking at Hillary Clinton and Honduras. Earlier this week, the former secretary of state publicly defended her role in the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.

Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world. Clinton was asked about Honduras during a meeting with the New York Daily News editorial board on Saturday. The question was posed by Democracy Now!’s own Juan González.

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“She’s Baldly Lying”: Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup

13 April 2016

As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, we speak with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. “This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath,” Frank says. “I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it a coup.”

From Reuters news agency, Monday June 29, 2009 7:26pm EDT:

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a “terrible precedent” of transition by military force unless it was reversed.

“We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there,” Obama told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.