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Honduran dictatorship, day 482/updated

Posted by Charles II on May 3, 2011

From DemocracyNow:

A court in Honduras has dropped all remaining corruption charges against ousted president Manuel Zelaya, clearing the way for his return to the country after a June 2009 coup. The court dismissed charges of fraud and falsifying documents. Zelaya has said he will not return to Honduras until he is guaranteed immunity from legal action.

It turns out this is not as definitive as it sounds (per RNS of Honduras C&P, who says the charges could be reinstated by the full Supreme Court). But it’s a step. Also notice El Heraldo has negotiated down to accusing Zelaya of stealing $3M.

I will not be surprised if several nations that have been holding out on recognizing the dictatorship don’t use this as a pretext to drop their opposition. Certainly Mario Canahuati thinks that’s the game.
Added, mere hours later. Right on, cue, the US announces that all is forgiven:

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Deputy Spokesman Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

May 3, 2011


We welcome the announcement by the Organization of American States (OAS) that the Principal condition for the return of Honduras to the OAS has now been met. The Honduran Supreme Court, on May 2, resolved the criminal cases against former President Zelaya in accordance with Honduran law. While the United States Government did not take a position on how these cases should be decided, we hope that their resolution will promote continued national reconciliation in Honduras.

The United States, together with all OAS Member States, suspended Honduras’ participation in the OAS in July 2009. President Lobo was democratically elected in November 2009 and took office in January 2010 helping restore democratic and constitutional order in Honduras. Since his inauguration, President Lobo has moved swiftly to pursue national reconciliation, strengthen governance, stabilize the economy, and improve human rights conditions.

The United States believes the suspension of Honduras should be immediately lifted and supports OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza’s intention to initiate consultations with member states on this issue. Full participation in the OAS would enable Honduras to benefit fully from the OAS capacity to promote human rights and good governance.

PRN: 2011/689

This is at the same time that (via Adrienne) the saner side of Congress, represented by Jim McGovern, is urging the State Department to get series about the human rights abuses, saying in part:

We strongly urge the State Department and U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa to vigorously press the Honduran government to take concrete steps to end abuses by official security forces by suspending, investigating and prosecuting those implicated in human rights violations. The State Department’s own 2010 human rights report notes the lack of progress in investigating human rights crimes. We further urge you, Madam Secretary, to suspend U.S. assistance to the military and police, due to the lack of mechanisms in place to ensure security forces are held accountable for abuses.

2 Responses to “Honduran dictatorship, day 482/updated”

  1. And now the US sweatshop owners who make America’s T-shirts in Honduras can breathe a bit easier, knowing that they can exploit at will. Have they already repealed the minimum wage Zelaya set, or does that come later?

    • Charles II said

      I think inflation has gutted the minimum wage. But sweatshop owners rest easy knowing that their government won’t enforce any of the laws that apply to them.

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