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Honduran Dictatorship, Day 140

Posted by Charles II on June 4, 2010

Given the manner in which Israel “prevented violence” on the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships running the Gaza blockade, it’s disconcerting to learn that the Israeli embassy is running a workshop on “preventing violence” in Central America. They did quite a lot of “preventing violence” in Central America in the 1980s.

Speaking of preventing violence, Revistazo reports that two human rights organizations have requested protective measures for a dozen journalists associated with Radio Progreso. According to EFE, the OAS has joined that call.

Via Juan Carlos Rivera of Mirada del Halcon, Reporters Without Borders of Spain denounced the attack of 300 police/military on Community Radio La Voz de Zacate Grande in southern Honduras. Honduras en Lucha reprints a piece from Flor Monfort on that says that documentary film maker Katia Lara has sought asylum in Argentina to finish her film Quien dijo miedo? (Who said fear?) You can see a trailer here (note that the golpistas have attempted to censor it, imposing a sign-in requirement on the ludicrous claim that this is “inappropriate content”).

The Supreme Court, “pursuant to higher orders” “invited” its employees to attend the pro-coup “March of Peace” on June 30, 2009. Unless Judge Lizard…er… Lizeth was talking to God, this amounts to a confession that the Court was taking orders from Micheletti.

RAJ translates an editorial in Tiempo that says that the oligarchy may be thinking of deep sixing Pretendisent Lobo. I would rate that as about as likely as them replacing Lobo with Zelaya.

Musical interlude via Hibueras: Club de los Idiotas

The LA Times thinks that soccer will cause Honduras to forget their differences and unite behind their team in the quest for the World Cup, and quotes a waitress to the effect that soccer has saved Honduras. Time takes it a step further into the abyss by quoting Mussolini’s 1938 directive to the Italian team. Really, can it get any sillier?

Well, yes, now that you mention it…

State Department follies, 6/4/10

QUESTION: Andy Quinn from Reuters. (inaudible) will coincide with the Secretary’s visit specifically or not, but can you tell if the U.S. plans to seek a vote on the reintegration of Honduras and do you think you’ve got the votes to get that through?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY VALENZUELA: I think that this is an issue that’s going to be discussed on the margins of the OAS, but I’m not sure that it’s going to actually be part of the agenda. But I don’t have information on that. The – there’s still a discussion among countries in the hemisphere on the reincorporation of Honduras, where this is going to actually be taken up as an official part of the agenda. My understanding is that this is not going to be on the agenda, and the countries that have come to that conclusion. But at the margins of the agenda, this will be – of the discussions – I’m sure this is an issue that will come up.

QUESTION: Is it on the margins because the divisions over whether to readmit Honduras have not been –

ASSISTANT SECRETARY VALENZUELA: I think that that’s fair to say, that there still are some countries that believe that Honduras should take additional steps, which is a position that’s different from that of the United States where we believe that, in fact, Honduras has taken important steps to overcome the crisis that occurred with a coup from last year. Although, we are also mindful of the fact that there are continuing concerns over human rights violations in Honduras and that certain steps still need to be taken in order to bring about a process of national reconciliation, which was the objective of the Hondurans themselves when they signed the peace accord, which is the base for much of the efforts that are being undertaken now in order to reincorporate – to resolve the problems in Honduras and reincorporate Honduras into the inter-American system.
QUESTION: Yeah, it’s just a follow-up on Honduras.

QUESTION: Okay, then go ahead.

QUESTION: Just – the secretary general of OAS, he said that some countries want former President Zelaya to go back to Honduras. Do countries think that this is an absolute necessary step to keep normalizing the situation? What is the position of the U.S.? Do you think that that should be enough?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY VALENZUELA: I understand – my understanding is that, in fact, President Lobo has taken steps to address this issue by encouraging President Zelaya. I think that he’s even made some efforts to say that he himself would encourage him to return. President Zelaya apparently at this particular point has not decided that he, in fact, wants to go back to – may not feel that the conditions are right for him to go back. But my understanding is that that is not a critical issue at this particular point. Now I understand that some countries are saying that he needs to go back. That’s true. But, as I said, again, President Lobo has made it clear that President Zelaya would be able to go back to Honduras.

And let me, on Honduras, underscore the fact that, I guess it was a week ago or so, that the Truth Commission was stood up. I think this is an important step that needs to be taken and it has been taken in Honduras. And the Truth Commission that will be headed by former Vice President of Guatemala Eduardo Stein is charged then, pursuant to the accord that both parties signed that led to setting the terms for reconciliation in Honduras, that this commission will look into what happened and provide, as the agreement itself suggests, it’ll provide those elements – elementos – to suggest some kinds of reforms in Honduras moving forward.

One Response to “Honduran Dictatorship, Day 140”

  1. Thanks, Charles.

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