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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-10 01:41 AM
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Honduras: Prosecute Post-Coup Abuses
Honduras: Prosecute Post-Coup Abuses
Attacks and Threats Remain a Very Serious Concern
December 20, 2010

Honduran authorities should take concrete steps to end impunity for abuses committed after the country's 2009 coup, and to curb ongoing attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 65-page report, "After the Coup: Ongoing Violence, Intimidation, and Impunity in Honduras," documents the state's failure to ensure accountability for abuses committed under the country's de facto government in 2009. The report also documents 47 cases of threats or attacks - including 18 killings - against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists since the inauguration of President Porfirio Lobo in January 2010.

"We undertook this independent assessment because a year and a half after the coup in Honduras, the consequences for human rights are still being felt," said Jos Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. "It is clear from our findings that until Honduran authorities take concrete steps to reduce impunity and stop the attacks, it will be very difficult to restore trust in the country's democratic system."

The lack of accountability - and ongoing violence and threats - have had a chilling effect on free speech and political participation in Honduras, particularly among those who opposed the 2009 coup, Human Rights Watch said.

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http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/12/19/honduras-prosecut...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-10 04:04 AM
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1. Report Finds Impunity in Post-Coup Honduras
Report Finds Impunity in Post-Coup Honduras
December 21, 2010
by AQ Online

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, released yesterday, documents violence and a climate of intimidation in Honduras in the aftermath of the 2009 military coup. The 65-page report, titled After the Coup: Ongoing Violence, Intimidation, and Impunity in Honduras, identified 47 cases of threats or attacksincluding 18 killings of journalists, human rights defenders and political activistssince the inauguration of President Porfirio Lobo in January 2010.

According to the report, the lack of accountability has negatively affected freedom of speech and political participation in Honduras. Jos Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at HRW, said that until Honduran authorities take concrete steps to reduce impunity and stop the attacks, it will be very difficulty to restore trust in the countrys democratic system. The reports recommendations include the allocation of funds for the Witness Protection Program and the establishment of an International Commission of Inquiry to carry out thorough investigations into abuses committed after the coup and into ongoing attacks and threats.

The June 28, 2009, coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya was denounced by much of the international community, including the United States. In the weeks after the coup, the OAS suspended Hondurass membership.

http://www.americasquarterly.org/node/2057
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