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August 13, 2013 - Radio Interview on the Human Rights situation in Honduras with Greg Mccain and Brigitte Gynther on the Hemispheres show hosted by Irene Rodrigueze on KGNU Independent Community Radio http://www.kgnu.org/hemispheres/8/13/2013
At approximately 10 am the morning of 22 of November, 4 people
identifying themselves as Honduran Immigration agents, arrived at the
offices of ERIC-SJ (Equipo de Reflexión Investigación y Comunicación –
Honduras) , asking to see members of the HSN/AGJ delegation of
international observers in Honduras for national elections this Sunday.
The delegation, which was not present at the time, is comprised of
166 persons from the United States, Canada, and El Salvador who have
been accredited by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras as
official election observers. Having failed to find their first target,
the demanded to see the identification of all the Hondurans present at
the offices of ERIC-SJ. Later
at 7 pm this evening (11/22/2013), the same group of agents disrupted
an election observer training of the HSN/AGJ delegation at the La Fragua
retreat center in Progreso, Honduras. Without prior warning, the
officials intimidated observers by demanding to see everyone’s passports
and observer credentials. Election observer credentials are not needed
for proof of legal immigration status. The fact that Agent Reynaldo
demanded each person’s observer credentials reveals an interest that
exceeds the duties of an immigration agent.
TSE Trainer Sra. Robles who performed an official election observer
training shortly before immigration officials interrupted a later
session for delegates.
Ironically only one hour earlier, the delegation completed three
hours of formal training in the same room with official representatives
of the Supreme Election Tribunal. In total, four persons arrived in a
grey crew-cab truck without license plates– but with DGME (official
Immigration Department) lettering– and drove onto the private property.
Their leader was Juan Reynaldo, badge number 066, and his associates
were Cesar Medina, badge 086, Walter Ramos, badge 088, and Diana Avila,
badge 052. Originally, Agent Reynaldo said he was responding to
complaints from neighbors. Later, he changed his story to say that
General Bernardino Cervantes had sent orders from Tegucigalpa to
investigate the group. The Honduran Government’s Deputy in charge of
immigration in Yoro Province, Magdalena Medina, claimed to know nothing
of the incident. Although
the Honduran government begrudgingly has permitted international
election observers for the tense, high-stakes elections this Sunday,
this calculated act of harassment exposes the government’s desire to
conduct this election outside the view of the concerned human rights and
pro-democracy forces. Delegates consider these actions as a clear and
hostile attempt by the Honduran government to intimidate us and to
delegitimize the voices of electoral observers who have arrived in good
faith to witness Sunday’s historic vote.
Secretary of State John Kerry
Washington DC – (202-647-4000)
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Illinois- (773) 506-7100
Washington DC - (202) 225-2111
Congressman Luis Gutierrez
Illinois - (773) 342-0774
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee
California - (510) 763-0370
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Congressman Mike Quigley
Illinois - (773) 267-5926
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Congressman Raul Grijalva
Arizona - (520) 622-6788
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Congressman Hank Johnson
Georgia- (770) 987-229
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Congressman Jared Polis
Colorado- (970) 226-1239
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Senator Tammy Baldwin
Washington DC - (202) 224-5653
Wisconsin - (414) 297-4451
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.