My letter to Kenneth Roth, director of Human Rights Watch

August 25, 2009

Kenneth Roth
Executive Director
Human Rights Watch

Dear Mr. Roth,

The U.S. State Department crawls toward Honduran elections

...taking the decidedly un-radical step of suspending certain visa services. Tell me, Ian Kelly, when is Secretary Clinton, best friend to coup lobbyist Lanny Davis, going to actually admit there was a coup? This pageantry is not going to make elections held under a military dictatorship (or under its immediate aftermath, in the unlikely event that Zelaya were to return before they were held) democratic, and the blood of Latin America will continue to be on your hands.

Declaration of IHAH Employees

My translation of the declaration by employees of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History [IHAH], who are vigorously and creatively defending IHAH against the de facto government's attempted illegal takeover. Images of the original letter from de facto Minister of Culture Myrna Castro and Dr. Euraque's response are at the bottom of this post. For more on Dr. Euraque's illegal firing, see:http://hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com

Declaration of Congressmembers Against the Coup

Translation by Rosemary Joyce.

COMMUNIQUE

The undersigned, Deputies of the National Congress, declares the following to national and international public opinion:

FIRST: We affirm our unconditional loyalty to the principles and values of the Glorious Liberal Party of Honduras, to the Constitution of the Republic, and to our system of government, democratic, republican, representative and participatory.

National Solidarity March against the Honduran Coup, this Friday

NATIONAL SOLIDARITY MARCH AGAINST THE COUP D’ETAT IN HONDURAS (español abajo)

Solidarity Activities held in: *Boston, MA *Chicago, IL *Cleveland, OH *Detroit, MI *Houston, TX *Hudson County, NJ *Los Angeles, CA *Raleigh, NC
FRIDAY, 28 de AUGUST 2009, 4:00PM to 7:00PM
NYC Rally assembles at: Times Square (42nd St and 7th Ave) – New York, NY
March to: 42nd St to 48th St and 1st Ave (Honduran Embassy)

We demand:

  • Stop the killings & repression of the Honduran people
  • No to human rights violations in Honduras

Translation of Irma Villanueva's testimony by Maria Soledad Cervantes

Thanks go first to Irma, for her bravery in speaking out against her aggressors, then to the translator, a Mexican woman in solidarity with Honduras' struggling people & struggling sisters, who knows the same often happens in militarized Mexico, only under other excuses (see case of Salvador Atenco, reported by Amnesty International), and finally to Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy at www.justforeignpolicy.org for

For those of you who are awake...

I will be talking about Honduras on Wake-Up Call, WBAI this morning at the ungodly hour of 6:30am (it's currently the satanly hour of 5:44). For those who are not, it should be archived on their website soon thereafter.

Cancel the meeting between the U.S. government & the Honduras coup regime!

From: Committee in Solidarity with the Resistance to the Coup in Honduras, http://www.hondurasresists.org/ info@hondurasresists.org / 617-610-3784 and Rights Action, www.rightsaction.org

CANCEL THE MEETING BETWEEN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT & THE HONDURAS COUP REGIME!

PLEASE Call the State Department (202-647-4000) on Monday August 24, 2009 …

[Ask ten friends, or fifty or more, to also call]

… AND SAY NO! to Hillary Clinton meeting with Honduran Coup Makers and Human Rights Violators.

KPFA archive of today's show on Honduras

Starts about 35 minutes in:

Saturday Morning Talkies - August 22, 2009 at 9:00am

Click to listen (or download)

KPFA, 9:30 this morning

Tune in in a little under 1/2 hour. Rosemary Joyce and I will be talking about Honduras with Kris Welch.

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