Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
URGENT ACTION NEEDED
The most recent information is that Miriam has been taken from the police station to receive medical attention after calls began pouring in from around the world. We must keep up the pressure.
For more background information on Miriam and OFRANEH please see Toussaint Losier's article in the Bay Street Banner Permanent Resistance or the report of this blog from one of our many visits with Miriam.
(Photos Below: La Voz de los de Abajo delegation meeting with Miriam during January 2011 dlegation)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Honduras Accompaniment Project - Two Urgent Actions Requested
1. The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH) reports this morning that 26 people continue to be detained in the aftermath of yesterdays repression- including 6 minors. All are being held at the police station Core 7 Metropolitana.
Spanish Speakers: Please call 011-504-2237-6830 - and express your concern for their safety and that their human rights be respected - including freedom of expression..
2. Calls are also needed to the State Department and US Embassy in Honduras. Please express your concern for the safety of Honduran Human Rights Defenders who have been in Washington DC this week – speaking with members of Congress and testifying before the Inter American Commission for Human Rights . These human rights defenders have documented and given testimony regarding intense repression in Honduras, impunity and the lack of rule of law. Please express your concern for their physical safety on their return to Honduras. Please call on the Government of the United States to strongly uphold the rights of Honduran human rights defenders to defend human rights.
US Embassy in Honduras: 011-504-2236-9320 or 2238-5114
State Department: 202- 647-3482 - Ben Gedan, Honduras desk officer
Honduras Accompaniment Project
Thank you for accompanying front line human rights defenders and those they defend in Honduras.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Police and military raid the National Autonomous University of HondurasWednesday, 23 March 2011 12:36PM
Police special force COBRAS and military elements threw large quantities of tear gas on to the UNAH campus then entered the property.
Dozens of police and military have again raided the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where thousands of students are receiving classes.
Students had taken over the boulevard bordering UNAH when the repressive forces proceeded to remove them and they took refuge within the educational institution, where they were followed by agents.
No university authority protested these actions. Each time that the regime has raided UNAH it has been claimed that the raid was requested by the university rector Julieta Castellanos.
The police were reportedly entering homes in the neighbourhoods of Tres Caminos, Luís Landa, and El Hogar, where people who were being chased by the police and army had taken refuge. Many homeowners gave shelter to those who were pursued.
During the previous three days of repressed peaceful protests various people reported that they had been threatened by police for protecting those who sought refuge in their homes.
Los elementos COBRAS y militares primero estuvieron lanzando gran cantidad de gases lacrimógenos y después entraron a la UNAH
En estos momentos decenas de policías y militares allanaron nuevamente la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH, donde hay miles de estudiantes recibiendo clases y graduaciones de otros tantos.
The Teachers' Union has faced almost a week of continued violent repression by the Honduran Police and the repression has now spread once again to the National Autonomous University of Honduras--see upcoming post.
Repression on Tuesday March 22:
Via the Honduran Accompaniment Project
Radio Globo in Honduras is currently reporting that police have surrounded the COPEMH building in Tegucigalpa begun throwing tear gas bombs inside of the building. COPEMH is the association of secondary school
teachers in Honduras. They are reporting that there were approximately 27 teachers and parents inside, eating and resting. Representatives of human rights organizations and the subdirector of the FNRP are on site.
The public offices of the Comisión de Verdad are also located in the
COPEMH complex. There are two buildings side by side that are part of
the same complex, COPEMH occupies one and the CdV office is located in
the tower next to it, which COPEMH rents out.
Teachers organizations and the FNRP are calling for a national civic
strike tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23.
Repression on Wednesday March 23:
Via Karen Spring from Rights Action
200 people are inside the COPEMH office in Tegucigalpa and police are throwing tear gas canisters into the building in a repeat of last night's violence. A red cross ambulance is on the site waiting to take away the injured.
This is now the fifth straight day of police and military violence against teachers and university students in the Honduran capital.
Repression on Thursday March 24th--Sixth Day:
Via Karen Spring of Rights Action
Teacher's march is currently being evicted by police that are launching tear gas & detaining teachers/resistance close to the Hotel Clarion in Tegucigalpa. Some people that have fled from the gas went to COLPROSUMAH (teacher's college) building where police are shooting tear gas as well. Based on the calls that I have received, more than 20 people have been detained & there are reports that people are injured. I'm sure there are much more.
Reports say that the smoke from the gas is entering the emergency wing of Hospital Escuela (the public hospital in Tegucigalpa).
Please stay tune for more updates and see post below on writing letters to Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Urgent Action: Call on the International Community to ensure all Human Rights are respected in Honduras
March 21, 2011
The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) is requesting that letters be written to leaders at the Organization of American States (OAS) and Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the current human rights crisis in Honduras, including threats and attacks against specific human rights defenders and violent repression of public protest, as outlined below in the following sample letter:
José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General
Organization of American States (OAS)
1889 F Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20006, USA
Sr. Felipe González, President
Inter-American Commission for Human Rights
1889 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20006, U.S.A.
It has come to my attention that the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) has made an urgent call to the international community to demand that Mr. Porfirio Lobo's regime cease it's repression and continued criminalization of peaceful protests taking place in Honduras.
On March 17th, in the cities of Tegucigalpa, Comayagua, and Danlí, the preventative police as well as men in civilian clothing driving cars without license plates repressed peaceful demonstrations of teachers and members of the National Front of Popular Resistence (FNRP). According to a preliminary report, as many as 50 people were detained, wounded, and beaten in those demonstrations. On March 18th, there was another violent eviction of protestors in Tegucigalpa, which resulted in the death of teacher Ilse Ivania Velásquez Rodríguez, who was a founding member of COFADEH.
Earlier the same week, COFADEH released an urgent call-out denouncing “harassment and death threats against human rights defenders, including Blanca Azucena Espinoza, president of the Buenos Amigos peasant cooperative in the Aguán Region; Dr. Leo Valladares Lanza, former Human Rights Commissioner of Honduras (CONADEH); Pedro Vicente Elvir, Dagoberto Posadas and Eduardo Argueta Santos, labour union activists; Kenia Oliva and Karol Cardenas, human rights lawyers at COFADEH; Trinidad Sánchez, director of the Alternative Commerce Network (Red COMAL); and Héctor Renán Soto, director of the Civil Society Group (Grupo Sociedad Civil).”
Considering the above mentioned cases, and numerous previous denouncements, we call on the OAS to maintain Honduras' suspension from the organization, and we call on the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights to institute effective measures to ensure full respect for all human rights in Honduras.
Please also send a copy to:
Jorge Alberto Rivera Avilés
President of the Supreme Court of Honduras
Tel (504) 2269-3000 2269-3069
Luis Alberto Rubí
Attorney General of the Republic of Honduras.
Fax (504) 2221-5667
Tel (504) 2221-5670 2221-3099
Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH)
Barrio La Plazuela, Avenida Cervantes, Casa No. 1301
Apartado Postal 1243
Fax:+504 2220 5280 (ask for: "tono de fax, por favor")
And your country's representative to the OAS
H.E. Allan Culham
Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OAS
Phone: (202) 682-1768
Fax: (202) 682-7624
H.E. Carmen Lomellin
Ambassador, Permanent Representative
Phone: (202) 647-9430
Fax: (202) 647-0911 or (202) 647-6973
Saturday, March 19, 2011
La Voz de los de Abajo dennounces the murder of Ilese Velasquez and the ongoing brutality against the trade unions, campesinos, and people of Honduras. We hold the regime of Porfirio Lobo responsible for the death of Ilese and for the repression and impunity that reign. We also hold U.S. policy in Honduras responsible for the violence against the Honduran people and condemn the U.S. government's political and economic support for coup d' 'etat and the continuation of the coup under Porfirio Lobo.