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The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs is to hear from the “Honorable Roberto Micheletti Baín (Invited)”, who is, they say, the “Former President ofHonduras”.
Micheletti was a key leader of the June 2009 military coup inHonduras, and was a ‘de facto’ leader of the military-backed regime that carried out widespread repression against the Honduran people.
It is false to say Micheletti is a “Former President” ofHonduras. The so-called swearing in process by the pro-coup Honduran Congress, one day after the illegal military coup, was based on a forged resignation letter of President Zelaya.
The ‘dishonorable’ Micheletti should be tried in court inHondurasfor his role in the coup, not received by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as “former President” ofHonduras.
WHERE & WHEN
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S.HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Connie Mack (R-FL), Chairman
June 7, 2011
You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building (and available live, via the WEBCAST link on the Committee website athttp://www.hcfa.house.gov):
DATE: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
SUBJECT: HoldingHondurasHostage: Revoked Visas andU.S.Policy
The Honorable [sic] Roberto Micheletti Baín (Invited), Former President [sic] ofHonduras
Mrs. Sandra Martínez de Midence, President, Central Bank ofHonduras
Mr. Leonardo Villeda Bermudez, Former Executive Secretary, National Convergence Forum (FONAC)
*NOTE: Further witnesses may be added.
By Direction of the Chairman
The Committee on Foreign Affairs seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202/225-5021 at least four business days in advance of the event, whenever practicable. Questions with regard to special accommodations in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats and assistive listening devices) may be directed to the Committee.
WHAT TO DO
Write to your own Member of Congress, and other government officials, demanding that Micheletti – a dishonorable military coup plotter and leader – NOT be invited to speak at this hearing.
Here is the list of Committee members, which may be helpful to people calling or writing:
Call the Capitol Switchboard – (202) 224-3121 to speak with these key congressional offices
House of Representatives Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs
Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres from Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) First interview / Primera entrevista: English - Español Recent Speech / Discurso Recién: English - Español
Rights Action has been doing good reporting and commentary as events unfold and has people on the ground monitoring the situation. They are also a reliable vehicle through which to get money to the organizations fighting for the restoration of democracy in Honduras.
Defensores en línea is the best (Spanish-only) online source for regularly updated information on the violation of human rights in Honduras.
Honduras Laboral is a regularly-updated blog in Spanish with the latest news coming out of Honduras, published by Community Communications.
School of the Americas Watch has good background information on the coup-plotters training at the Georgia-based School of the Americas / (also known as the School of Assasins) as well as news updates on the coup and a call to action.
Honduras Habla is a citizen-media project of Honduras with a variety of news updates and links to good, current information (in Spanish) about the resistance to the coup.
La Voz de los de Abajo is a Chicago-based organization that has been working to organize solidarity with the Honduran resistance and to denounce the coup from within the U.S.. This blog (Honduras Resists) is published and maintained by La Voz de los de Abajo members.
Americas Policy Program have some good coverage and some English translations of interviews, statements and documents about the coup, the international response and the resistance.