vote came just three days after deposed president Mel Zelaya's return
to the country, a deal brokered primarily by the presidents of Venezuela
and Colombia. It also comes in the midst of an escalating human rights
To date no one has been prosecuted or
convicted for any of the politically-motivated killings of members of
the political opposition or journalists since Lobo took office, let
alone for the over 300 killings by state security forces since the coup,
according to COFADEH, the leading independent human rights group.
return is a step in the right direction, but re-admittance to the OAS
isn't a signal that the crisis has settled. Nor does it justify U.S.
military aid to Honduran security forces.
Witness for Peace has brought delegations of U.S. citizens to Honduras
since immediately following the coup. In this new video, the team
on-the-ground points to how the United States has tried to sweep the
crisis under the rug - and why.
"It's important to remember that there are serious human rights
issues in Honduras that urgently need to be addressed," U.S. Rep. Jim
McGovern said. This week Reps. McGovern Jan Schakowsky and Sam Farr
submitted a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing
concern on the human rights situation in Honduras.
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