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Honduras Coup - Day 140 - November 14, 2009

  • Romeo Vasquez Commands Bloody Operations: CODEH
    By AP - : November 15, 2009
    Compilation of statements by Mr. Andres Pavon, Executive Director of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras, CODEH the national and international media on Saturday 14 November: The growing number of inquiries and complaints to the national and international level by various organizations for human rights protection and civil associations that continue to strictly monitor the dangerous situation in the ungovernable country, increasingly point towards the existence of violent plans through which the coup regime, which usurped power in the nation on 28 June, using military weapons to overthrow the legitimately elected government of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, is now seeking to legitimize their criminal and violent actions through the formation of a constituent assembly made to fit the circles of oligarchs who tirelessly violate the Constitution and laws to suit their wild claims in disregard of the rights of Hondurans.

  • 'Blood and Fire' in Honduras: An Interview with Mel Zelaya
    By Jeremy Kryt - : November 14, 2009
    Zelaya had attempted to change the face of Honduran society. In less than one term in office he raised the minimum wage by 60 percent, set up financial aid for students, invented Honduran social security, and imposed strict laws to combat rampant and exploitive mining and logging. / He even went so far as to suggest reforming the Honduran Constitution, which permits a very form of weak democracy that is easily controlled by a tiny but well-funded minority of land owners and textile tycoons. On the day Zelaya was seized by soldiers, the first-ever public referendum in the history of Honduras was supposed to take place—a nonbinding poll that would've let the citizenry vote on whether or not to go ahead with restructuring the country's social contract. / Although those who authored the putsch have claimed that Zelaya secretly wished to alter the constitution to extend presidential term limits, there is no evidence for this. Zelaya himself never spoke of such a thing, and there was no mention of it on the ballot for the proposed referendum.

  • Rep. Schakowsky Finds Widespread Human Rights Abuses
    By : November 14, 2009
    You could not have a better member of the US Congress go to Honduras with a critical eye to assess the level of human rights abuses than Rep. Schakowsky. In the aftermath of the 2004 coup in Haiti, Rep. Schakowsky was one of a very small group of representatives who sought answers about the US role in the coup and who heralded the need for more action concerning human rights abuses committed by the US-installed de facto regime.

  • A Farce in Honduras
    By : November 14, 2009
    The most noteworthy aspect of the Honduran political crisis is the claim of constitutionality bandied about by Roberto Micheletti's de facto government. But don't be misled: in this case, the Constitution and Supreme Court are simply tools being used specifically to defend values opposed to democracy. reserves the right to publish your email responses in whole or part. If you are responding to a particular article, include the title and link to the article. If you would like your name withheld from publication, state this in your submission and supply a nom de plume

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