Miguel D'Escoto requests a special Human Rights rapporteur for Honduras (my translation)
La Paz, 29 Ago. ABN.- The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto, announced this Saturday in Bolivia that he would solicit the naming of a special rapporteur to report on the situation of human rights in Honduras, following the coup d'etat in that country.
See her most recent two posts, A response to criticism from coup supporters in Honduras and Burn Rate, a short but important piece copied below:
Friday, August 28, 2009
Since the Honduran military coup of June 28, 2009, I have been posting frequent translations of articles, official statements, rants, accords, blog posts, and other sundry notes. I have focused my blog posts these past months on first-hand accounts of the coup, because with all of the brilliant analyses coming from Hondurans (and from a few particularly astute outside participant-observers in Honduras), I feel at this stage it would be narcissistic and premature to privilege my own. Of course, that hasn't kept me from opining, as you know if you've been reading.
Originally published in Socialismo o Barbarie, periodical No. 156, 07/30/09
Notes from the Resistance:
Honduras needs a general strike
By Santiago, Socialist Workers' Party of Costa Rica, member of SoB stream, From Honduras in the struggle against the coup, 07/26/09, translation by María Soledad Cervantes
The Honduran people’s fight against the military coup fulfills all the requirements to be qualified as heroic. As these lines are written, we have counted 29 days of continued mobilizations against the coup leaders and, notwithstanding hundreds of arrestees and scores of casualties --injured and dead- caused by military repression, the Honduran people are not desisting from their struggle against the de facto regime and for the restoration of Mel Zelaya.
Trinity Historian Turned Cultural Guardian Standing Up To New Honduran Regime, from the Hartford Courant
ARTICLE AUTHOR PABLO DELANO, also a Trinity professor, shares a drink with Darío A. Euraque recently. The two are collaborating on a book about Honduras. (HANDOUT / August 29, 2009)
I'm in the middle of another translation, so can't do this one right now, but the physical battle against critical thought keeps getting uglier. The employees of the national library and cultural institutes have been steadfastly resisting the militarization of these centers led by de facto Minister of Culture Myrna Castro, using poetry, art and non-violent direct action as their weapons. In return, they are being beaten, in some cases savagely, and worse.
Just a quick note to say that I have been in Honduras since Sunday to talk to various counterparts about the crisis and alternative proposals to get out of the crisis. As of this writing, my thoughts are the following: