Human Rights


The political military coup in Honduras, which took place on June 28, 2009, has special characteristics which differentiate it from past coups in this country and in the rest of Latin America.

The first component is the participation of the old followers of the National Security Doctrine that have continued practicing torture with impunity since the 80's and who are the principle military and police advisors of the de facto regime.


Congressional Briefing on Nov 5. with Bertha Oliva of Honduras

Honduras: Briefing with COFADEH leader Bertha Oliva, General Coordinator of COFADEH, Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras and  Jessica Mariela Sanchez of Honduran Feminists in Resistance
Thursday, November 5, 2009  11 AM  Cannon 210

Dear Colleague:

A Triumph for Democracy in Honduras?

On Friday October 30th, a U.S. brokered, Agreement for National Reconciliation and the Strengthening of Democracy in Honduras was signed between President Zelaya and coup regime leader Micheletti. Among many sectors, the deal is being hailed as a triumph for democracy in Honduras.

The Agreement is Just the Beginning

The Agreement: Just the Beginning of the Struggle

Before 6a.m. on 28 June 2009, the Armed Forces of Honduras forcibly removed elected president Manuel Zelaya from his home and left him in his pajamas on a runway in Costa Rica. Electricity and media channels were cut off in Tegucigalpa, and turned back on in the afternoon to reveal the head of the National Congress, Roberto Micheletti, being sworn in as president. It was a coup d’etat, the third in the hemisphere in this decade, the first in Honduras since 1978, and it would not slip by quietly.

Accord for National Reconciliation and the Strengthening of Democracy in Honduras

Text of the Agreement Signed on October 30, 2009
By Negotiating Teams of the Elected Government of President Zelaya and Coup Regime of Roberto Micheletti, Tegucigalpa, Honduras,  

The Agreement negotiated by Shannon which was signed on Friday

Here is a copy of the accord which was signed between President Zelaya and Micheletti.  Unfortunately it is only available in Spanish.

Executive Summary of COFADEH report on Human Rights Abuses

“Statistics and Faces of the Repression”
Violations of Human Rights in the framework of the coup d’état in Honduras.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras - October 22, 2009

I am a veteran human rights defender. As I prepared this second human rights report since the coup in Honduras, I have felt profound distress. Perhaps because I had begun to think that during the long process of the last decades, we had made some small advances in the area of human rights.
Perhaps it is because I look to the past in order to see the future, and to evaluate and to value the present - - that today, over 100 days since the fateful coup on June 28th, I realize that something has shaken the Committee of Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras, COFADEH to the core, and nothing is the same. Immediately after the coup we knew that we had regressed 25 – 30 years, maybe more.

National Resistance Front responds to an apparent agreement

Comuniqué No. 32
The National Front of Resistance to the Coup d’etát, facing the imminent signing of a negotiated agreement between the commission representing the legitimate President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and the representatives of the de facto regime, communicates the following to the Honduran people and the international community:

COFADEH - Human Rights Report II, Nov. 2009

This report from COFADEH, the most prominent Human Rights organization in Honduras was released on October 22.  It includes violations reported to them which happened between July 16th and October 15th. It documents 21 assassination, four of those assassinated were teachers.  There were 4,234 denunciations of violation of fundamental liberties and there are 114 people who have been accused of sedition. 


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 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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