Day 8, July 5 from Oscar (my translation)

Another missed translation, day 8, originally posted Sunday, 05 July 2009 at 22:45

Shit I am sad. It's hard for me to not start to cry as I write this. We really thought that we would be able to recover our democracy without blood, with the song and dance that up until now has made up the resistance. But that's not how it was. The army shot at us and killed, injured, and profoundly wounded this nation. As the cardinal said, there will be bloodshed, and despite his threat we continue ahead. Having courage does not mean having no fear; it means having fear and going forth anyway.

Petition of Support for Professor Darío A. Euraque

We've actually seen concrete results from recent petitions, including the ones focusing on abuses of academics at the UNAH and HRW's lack of coverage of flagrant human rights violations in Honduras. This one, signed by over 350 academics (in the space of a day or two), is of particular importance. There's no better way for the coup government to erase history than by banning historians and militarizing/destroying the archives.

Honduran coup reverses advances in women's rights

FIRST MILITARY COUP OF 21ST CENTURY REVERSES HONDURAN WOMEN’S GAINS IN HUMAN RIGHTS
August 24, 2009
By Margaret Thompson

FIRE – Feminist International Radio Endeavour/Radio Internacional Feminista

Article from U.C. Berkeley News on Rosemary Joyce

At http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2009/08/25_honduras.shtml

Scholars protest repression of colleagues in Honduras
Berkeley anthropologist launches online petition and blog in the wake of president's ouster

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

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