Honduras regime uses British spyware

This video says about itself:

5 December 2017

The ongoing demonstrations continue to call for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down, and for the National Elections Commission to finalize an announcement.

Honduran elite police, known as “Cobras” are now refusing to confront the protesters and are demanding an end to the crisis.

By Nathan Akehurst in Britain:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Emily Thornberry grills Boris on British aid for Honduran crackdown

SHADOW foreign secretary Emily Thornberry demanded an explanation from the government today after it was revealed that British spyware was used by the Honduran government in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

Her letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson asked for detail on whether the spyware sales went through the procedures for arms exports, which involves four government departments.

Ms Thornberry also sought clarity on what purpose British officials were told that the equipment would be used for and what steps were taken to confirm this.

The equipment in question is worth at least £300,000 and can help to intercept and monitor a broad range of telecommunications including emails, phone calls and online messaging apps.

It has been reportedly used in Honduras’s sweeping clampdown on protests that followed November’s disputed general election result; thousands of police and troops swarmed protests, resulting in dozens of casualties.

Multiple exports appear to have taken place, including two licences for the export of “telecommunications interception equipment” in 2016 and 2017 and a further open licence of unknown value for other “information security equipment.”

Political repression in Honduras, including the monitoring of private communications, is well-documented. The country receives millions in state aid from the US.

Since the 2009 coup d’etat that ousted leftwinger Manuel Zelaya, allowing the still incumbent National Party to seize power, the administration has been accused of extrajudicial killings, election fraud and involvement with organised crime.

Ms Thornberry accused the British government of double standards, pointing to ministers’ lack of response to repression in Honduras — in contrast with vociferous condemnation of alleged state violence in Venezuela, where the left is being threatened by a putschist opposition funded by the US.

Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle has tabled a written parliamentary question asking for the name of the firm behind the equipment sale.

A Department for International Trade spokesman said it did not license exports in cases that it assessed there was a “clear risk that the goods may be used for internal repression.”

Such sales are illegal under the 2008 Export Control Act.

Honduras turns to online censorship and spyware to clamp down on protests: here.


Honduran regime keeps killing

This 17 January 2018 video is called Honduran opposition alliance calls for nationwide protests.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 21 January 2017, about Honduras:

A local NGO said a 60-year-old man died and another person was wounded when military police opened fire on protesters blocking a road in the town of Saba, 210 km (130 miles) northeast of the capital, Tegucigalpa. …

Last month [incumbent right-winger] Mr Hernandez was declared President despite protests on the street about the results.

Critics have expressed their concern over the electoral tribunal that counted the ballots.

It was appointed by Congress which is controlled by Mr Hernandez’s party.

Initially, the vote tally had clearly favoured [left-wing opposition candidate] Mr Nasralla but it swung in favour of the incumbent after a 36-hour delay.

Protests have been a regular occurrence since the election result and human rights group Amnesty International has said so far 14 people have died in the clashes.

Honduras police strike against regime, corporate media neglect it

This video says about itself:

Historic action by Honduran police is being ignored

10 December 2017

Honduran police are standing with the people and refusing to repress nationwide protests against the widespread allegations of fraud in recent elections that favor right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

On Sunday, both the Honduran electoral tribunal (TSE) and the Organization of American States (OAS) effectively put an end to the twisted electoral process that has followed the November 26 polls. The first made the official declaration of victory for the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, over the Opposition Alliance against Dictatorship’s candidate Salvador Nasralla by a margin of 1.5 percent. He is now to be sworn in for another four-year term in January. For its part, the OAS chief, Luis Almagro, issued the following statement: “Facing the impossibility of determining a winner, the only way for the people of Honduras to be the victors is to call for new general elections.” After three weeks of scrambling for a path of least resistance, these announcements mark the beginning of a new stage in the imposition by Washington and its Honduran client state of their preferred rulers with virtually the same methods that they used in the aftermath of the 2009 military coup: here.

Trump administration congratulates “re-election” of police-state regime in Honduras: here.

HONDURAN former president Manuel Zelaya has urged supporters to keep resisting the “illegal dictatorship” in his New Year’s message: here.

Honduras: Huge protest demands for the annulment of disputed election result. Thousands marched through the country’s second city San Pedro Sula in support of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla: here.

Honduras: the coup has the “seal” of the United States: here.

Honduras police refuse to kill pro-democracy demonstrators

This video says about itself:


4 December 2017

All national police will refuse to enforce a curfew after days of deadly violence triggered by allegations of electoral fraud: here.

Amid mass protests, Honduran government and Trump administration seek to impose fraudulent re-election: here.

What happened to the democratic rights of the Hondurans who voted in the presidential elections on November 26th? Here.

Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras: here.

Crisis of Honduras democracy has roots in US tacit support for 2009 coup: here.

This video says about itself:

Thousands of Hondurans are out in the streets protesting state repression and possible election fraud by the right-wing government of President Hernandez.

4 December 2017

Honduras fight for democracy continues

This video from the USA says about itself:

Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging

4 December 2017

Tensions are rising in Honduras, where security forces have opened fire on protesters over the weekend, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d’état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.

Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally. For more, we speak with Zenaida Velasquez, a Honduran human rights activist and one of the founders of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras. We also speak with Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a member of La Voz de los de Abajo and one of the founding members of the Honduras Solidarity Network. He has been in Honduras for over a week leading a human rights observation delegation.

Stop election fraud and bloodshed in Honduras

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2 December 2017

Honduras has imposed a nationwide curfew amid civil unrest and allegations of ballot-stuffing in the wake of the country’s presidential election.

Human rights groups denounce Honduras curfew as presidential vote count drags on: here.

Honduras troops shoot dead teenage girl amid election crisis protests: here.

From Common Dreams in the USA:

December 02, 2017

US Outrage Grows at Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call

Outraged at the possibility of the theft of Honduras’ election by the discredited current administration, 50 US rights groups have joined call to urge the US to press Honduras for electoral transparency.

Elise Roberts, National Coordinator of Witness for Peace, stated: “As we return from two weeks observing and documenting in Honduras, our concerns about the Honduran electoral process and broader state violence and corruption continue to deepen. We’ve heard testimony of ongoing intimidation through use of US-funded security forces, incidents of fraud and violence at polling places, use of US-made munitions against anti-fraud protesters, and a total lack of transparency about the electoral process. Our partners in Honduras describe this process as the final phase of the coup, endorsed by US support and funding. Now more than ever, Honduras needs the people and government of the US to stand with them, to support independent, credible investigations into the electoral fraud and state violence, and to immediately cut all US funding to Honduran security forces.”

“The US government’s collusion in the Honduras coup of 2009 has resulted in eight years of massive violence, spiraling poverty, and the brutal suppression of dissent. We, as US-based groups, cannot allow the US and Honduran governments to repeat this horrific tragedy of undermining democracy,” stated Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of Grassroots International. “Too many lives are at stake. Democracy is at stake.”

50 US rights groups have so far joined the call for transparency include Witness for Peace/Acción Permanente por la Paz, Grassroots International, Code Pink, Friendship Office of the Americas, School of the Americas Watch, and the number continues to grow.

Worldwide media reports are multiplying of suspicious electoral tampering of Honduras’ election results by the ruling party which hand-picked the nation’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Nonetheless, the Chief Magistrate of the TSE, Mario Lobo, appeared to be bucking the trend when he announced late Wednesday that the official results are suspect, casting doubt on official claims of a win by incumbent candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez, of the incumbent National Party.

Up until Tuesday at 5pm, the head of the TSE, Mr. Lobo, had stated that “the winning tendency of the opposition is irreversible.” This announcement was followed by 24 hours of silence from the TSE, at the end of which the TSE unexpectedly claimed that the vote was now favoring the incumbent Mr. Hernandez. Suspicions of fraud have sparked massive outcry and protests across the country, accompanied by heavy-handed deployment of the military across the nation.

“Campesin@s and Indigenous Peoples showed up at the polls, in spite of voter intimidation, outright violence and attacks from the Honduran military, because they are defending their land and their human rights and they want change,” stated Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. “The world is watching again, just as we witnessed the illegal coup from 2009. We cannot allow the undermining of the democratic will of the Honduran people.”

Here’s the full call for transparency with list of signatories:

Demand Action in Wake of November 26th Honduran Elections

Open Letter to the US Congress and US State Department:

As US-based human rights, grassroots organizing, solidarity, and other civil society organizations, we write to express our deep concern about reports of fraud and state violence during and since the November 26 elections in Honduras. Since election day we have seen images of US munitions that have been used against Honduran citizens asserting their right to democracy. Colleagues and friends from throughout Honduras are sending videos of massive militarization. We write to urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to support credible, independent investigations into any and all claims of state-involvement in electoral fraud and violence during and since the November 26th elections. We reinforce our demand that you immediately suspend all US police and military aid to Honduras.

After the initial release of official results in the Honduran presidential election showed the opposition candidate leading by approximately 5 percentage points based on more than half the returns, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal did not resume releasing presidential election results for more than a day. For comparison, in the 2013 presidential election, the winner was declared with a similar proportion of the returns in. Ever since the updates resumed, the incumbent, President Hernández, has gained ground at a surprising rate and, as of Wednesday afternoon, has passed the opposition candidate, according to the tribunal’s numbers. The long delay, and the dramatic shift in the tendency of the vote count reported before and after that delay, raise serious doubts about the integrity of this election.

The US government has been an ongoing supporter and funder of the Honduran government, including clear US support for the 2009 coup which led to the right-wing National Party taking power, with Hernández as President of the National Congress from 2010-2013. Furthermore, the US has pushed forward the disastrous, failed Plan Colombia model for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the form of the “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle” aid package. This 750 million-dollar project makes conditions in Central America more “favorable” for outside investors, albeit through militarization and political reforms dressed up as anti-drug policies.

If the US has a genuine commitment to democracy, now is the time to demonstrate it, by:

Ensuring that the will of the Honduran electorate be respected in an honest and transparent, politically independent, accurate vote count by supporting credible, independent investigations into any and all claims of state-involvement in electoral fraud and violence during and since the November 26th elections;
Ending US security aid to Honduras, including police and military aid, and support for Honduran security forces through the so-called “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle” program;
Supporting the human rights of the Honduran people in their effort to stand up to voter fraud, intimidation, and dictatorship; and
Insisting on respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples (including Garifuna communities) and peasant communities organizing to defend and protect ancestral territories, land, water, and Mother Earth in the face of militarization and repression by the current Honduran regime.

Delegations from La Voz de los de Abajo, Code Pink, and Witness for Peace witnessed and heard testimony of the ongoing intimidation through use of security forces, including US-funded security forces, as well as incidents of fraud and violence at polling places. These continuing abuses underscore the need for the passage of HR 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act – and companion legislation in the Senate – which would suspend US security aid to Honduras until human rights defenders are protected and serious human rights abuses are brought to justice.

We urge you to exert all possible pressure to promote honesty and transparency for Honduras’ election and to advance the cause of HR 1299 and companion legislation in the Senate to suspend the “security” aid that is only making Honduras less secure, including at this critical moment for the country.

Current Signatories:

Witness for Peace/Acción Permanente por la Paz
Grassroots International
Code Pink
Friendship Office of the Americas
School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
La Voz de los de Abajo
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ)
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Task Force on the Americas
Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, KY
Human Rights Observation Honduras
Climate Justice Alliance (CJA)
Latin America Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Global Exchange
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Global Exchange
Rights Action
Alianza Americas
Just Foreign Policy
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Cross Borders Network
US-El Salvador Sister Cities
Groundswell International
Houston Peace and Justice Center
Nicaragua Center for Community Action (NICCA)
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala/NISGUA
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Family Farm Defenders
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Centro Presente
Houston Peace News
Ivestor Church of the Brethren Mission and Outreach Team
Rochester Committee on Latin America
Casa Baltimore/Limay
Witness for Peace Southeast
Witness for Peace Midwest
Witness for Peace Southeast
Witness for Peace Northwest
Witness for Peace New England
SouthWest Organizing Project
Nagata-Yamauchi Educational Fund
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA)
UU Faith Action, NJ
Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign
Karani Media
Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Boston
Travelogue Media
Environmental Association for Latin America
CAFE at UC Berkeley (Central Americans for Empowerment)
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
InterReligious Task Force On Central America and Colombia