From Comedy Central America…
QUESTION: Is that it? This is Honduras. There’s a new Human Rights Watch report out about alleged atrocities, abuses, whatever you might want to call them, during the first months or year of the Lobo administration. I’m wondering if you’ve seen this report yet. If you have, what do you make of it? And if you haven’t –
MR. CROWLEY: I haven’t seen the report itself, but obviously this is something that has been part of our ongoing conversation with the Lobo government. We do think there’s been progress made through reconciliation commission that has been stood up by the Lobo government that was called for under the San Jose-Tegucigalpa Accords. But we are – we remain concerned about ongoing human rights abuses in Honduras, and we have raised those on a regular basis with the Honduran Government. And obviously, that is critical to both Honduras and moving forward and repairing the split that does exist within Honduran society and manifested itself within the past year, but also in terms of Honduras’s broader acceptance back into the OAS and international community. Countries, including the United States, will be looking to see how Honduras improves the human rights conditions on the ground for all of its citizens.
In other comedic news, RAJ has the tale of how the Honduran government is attempting to illegally appoint public defenders for the President-in-exile so that they can hold a show trial, find him guilty, and satisfy the OAS that the rule of law has been restored. Only in Honduras.
Meanwhile, RAJ says, the International Commission of Jurists has discovered that the Honduran “justice” system, which is so intensely partisan that the courts dismissed judges purely for expressing opposition to the coup, has ignored most of the recommendations of the Commission. The punchline, as is often the case, is Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady: two parts blarney to one part Rasputin.
El Pais has constructed a map of where the cables are from. They show Honduras with only one cable. The Llorens cable is no longer findable by search on El Pais, though the cable itself is still there. The Ford cable is still there. Why is it that errors with regard to Honduras only go one way–toward sending it down the memory hole?