Human Rights

Mercosur condemns illegitimate and illegal elections in Honduras

 
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Mercosur, the South American trade bloc led by Brazil and Argentina, condemned the “illegitimate and illegal” elections in Honduras after the interim government and congress failed to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
 

Letter from President Zelaya to Presidents of Latin America

Presidente Zelaya sends letter to Latin American Presidents asking them to stand firm in the defense of democracy and not to recognize illegitimate elections, “Every time a legitimate, elected government is overthrown in America, violence and terrorism win a battle and Democracy suffers a defeat.”  

 

An Election Validated by Blood and Repression: from The Real News

From the Real News.  See all their video content on the coup.

Honduran coup government continues repressive tactics on election day (Report from San Pedro Sula) as the resistance vows to continue to fight for a new constitution and people's rights.
 

US Flip-Flops on Honduras Vote

Analysis of the recent "election" of Porforio Lobo on the news station Russia Today.

“Your only crime was walking down the street.”

 As helicopters dropped tear gas canisters beside him, University of Montana senior Joseph Caldwell sprinted into his driver’s van, which sped him safely away from the smoke-filled streets.

Honduras Action Alert: This is not the change we wanted

Last Sunday, "elections" were held in Honduras by a military coup regime that is internationally recognized as illegitimate, responsible for massive human rights violations and in an environment of terror and persecution.

Over 300 Honduran candidates dropped out in protest.  The OAS, UN, European Union and Carter Center did not send observers in a strong international statement of non-recognition. The massive, historic, non-violent resistance movement in Honduras which has courageously resisted the coup for over five months, called for a boycott and stayed home.

Honduras government cancels school to avoid teacher activism

by Larry Kuehn
Common Frontiers/Quixote Center Accompaniment Delegation

The law in Honduras directs that the school year ends on November 30 and the new school year opens at the beginning of February. However, this year the coup government ordered schools to close on October 30 and to reopen on January 3 in 2010.

From Tocoa to Tegucigalpa, “I didn’t vote!”

Tegucigalpa, November 30, 2009
Jackie McVicar, Common Frontiers Canada

After a long bus ride back from Tocoa in the northern department of Colon, we arrived in the capital today just in time to join a massive caravan organized by the Popular Resistance Front. Like the other demonstrations held since the coup d'etat on June 28, the mobilization winded through the "barrios", the neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa where supporters left their homes to show their support. This time, instead of walking, organizers decided to drive their cars in a caravan, to avoid confrontation or repression that they feared by the State security forces. Hundreds of cars and people drove through the streets honking their horns, with flags, horns and music. Both those in the caravan and people yelling support from the streets, "I didn't vote!" showed their ink-less fingers, to show they had not been registered at a polling station where a finger print as part of your id is normally taken. Though the media is reporting record high turnouts for Sunday's election, no one is buying it. One woman I interviewed who didn't want to be identified because of fear ("if they see my picture, they [the military] will come after me"), said, "I have over 150 people in my [extended] family and not one went out to vote."

Quixote Center Delegation documents terror and repression during elections

Reports coming in from Quixote Center delegates who deployed to four different regions of the country during the last week to observe the electoral climate and the human rights situation point to a systemic pattern of militarization, intimidation, human rights violations and generalized repression.  This, coupled with extremely low voter turnout.

Visit our blog -Visite nuestro blog

Honduras Accompaniment Project blog in English, including articles, news and urgent actions.

Blog en español del Proyecto de Acompañamiento internacional en Honduras (PROAH), incluyendo artículos, noticias, y acciones urgentes.

 

Video

Video of the "Comision de Verdad" (Commission of Truth) in Honduras.

Commission of Truth Honduras reports

Final report of the "Comision de Verdad" (Commission of Truth), Honduras:

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