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GGJ STATEMENT ON 2nd ANNIVERSARY OF COUP IN HONDURAS
GGJ Statement on 2nd Anniversary of the Coup in Honduras
Condemn Human Rights Abuses and the Criminalization of Democratic Dissent Fueled by U.S. Military Aid to Honduras
Stand in Solidarity with Honduran Social Movements as they Mobilize for Justice On the 2nd Anniversary of the Coup D'État
June 28 marks the second anniversary of the coup that ousted democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya and sent him into 2 years of exile which he has described as “torture”. On May 28 of this year, Zelaya returned to Honduras as part of an agreement brokered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. But Zelaya's return does not mean that democracy has been restored nor that justice has been served.
Honduran social movements and the popular resistance, together with allies from throughout Latin America are mobilizing by the hundreds of thousands today to call attention to the fact that the illegal coup is not over.
The elite leaders and military officials responsible for the coup, as well as the judicial and government structures that allowed the illegal coup to take place, are still very much in place and in power. None of the coup leaders have been tried for their crimes. The violent repression of dissent that began days before the coup has only escalated over the past two years and has intensified over the past three months. The state-sponsored violence has included the murder of at least 36 resistance leaders, 8 journalists, a number of public prosecutors, countless incidences of kidnappings, harassment and torture, and significantly increased violence against women and LGBT people.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Government has ignored these flagrant human rights violations and is viewing the return of Zelaya as an end to the crisis in Honduras. This outrageous position is consistent with the Obama administration's willful negligence at the time of the coup. While Obama issued a verbal condemnation of the unrest and early on called the process a coup, both he and Hilary Clinton reversed this position and later deliberately fell short of calling the ouster a coup. Meanwhile the U.S. Military quietly enabled the coup criminals' agenda; evidence has shown that the aircraft that flew Zelaya into forced exile stopped at the U.S. Military base in Soto Cano, Honduras before depositing the ousted President in Costa Rica.
The Honduran people's movement has only grown stronger in the face of brutal repression. GGJ is inspired by the resilience of the Honduran people, and supports the resistance and liberation efforts of the FNRP (Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular, the National People’s Resistance Front).
The FNRP's current demands include:
1- The right of return for all Hondurans forced into exile, and the elimination of all legal provisions that prevent this from occurring
2 – An end to the criminalization of social movements and to violations of human rights
3 – The convening of a National Constituent Assembly
4 – The recognition of the FNRP as a political party and the allowing of its democratic participation in the Honduran political processes without undermining or repression
5 – The trial of all those involved in the crimes leading to and resulting from the illegal coup and ensuing crackdowns on the Honduran people
GGJ also stands in solidarity with our allies in the coalition: “Campaña América Latina y el Caribe, una Región de Paz: Fuera Bases Militares” who organized an International Gathering Against Militarization June 26-27 in Honduras. These allies, including the World March of Women, recognize that the violence against Honduran social movements is part of a hemispheric pattern of militarist aggression against populist movements organizing for economic justice and democratic change.
Communities of resistance and conscience in the U.S. must stand in solidarity with these social movements in Honduras and in Latin America. We must also call attention to the role that the U.S. has played in the destabilization of Honduras, both historically and through this coup process. While the U.S. did not play an explicit intervention role this time, its enabling of Zelaya's exile and its consistent and wasteful support of the Honduran Military in the form of at least 42 million over the past 8 years has fueled the violent crackdown on the Honduran people.
The bottom line is that U.S. Military aid and our taxpayer dollars are funding the murders of social justice activists and the destruction of democracy in Honduras. This directly threatens the growing consolidation of Latin American countries developing alternatives to US trade policies through the ALBA process.
On this second anniversary of the coup in Honduras GGJ affirms the historic role that Latin American social movements are playing in moving the world away from the destructive system of neoliberalism and toward more just and equitable alternatives. We also reaffirm our commitment to weaken the U.S. Military's ability to undermine these movements and to unite U.S. Grassroots groups in solidarity to demand justice and peace for the Honduran people.
On May 25, 37 Democratic US Congresspeople sent an open letter to Hilary Clinton to demand an end to human rights abuses and the suspension of U.S. Military aid to Honduras. This would significantly weaken the Honduran military's ability and mandate to harm the Honduran people, and would also free up millions of dollars for spending on domestic services including infrastructure building and necessary benefits for public employees.
For more Information: http://hondurashumanrights.wordpress.com