Urgent Action: Call the White House and State Department on Honduras!

Agreement Falls Apart!

[The Alliance for Global Justice has received this important action alert from School of the Americas Watch (SOAW). We urge you to take action.]

We are extremely concerned about the situation in Honduras, where SOA graduates overthrew the democratically elected government on June 28, 2009. An agreement that was brokered last week between representatives of President Zelaya and the coup regime was supposed to “return the holder of executive power to its pre-June 28 state” but it turns out it was just another stalling tactic by the coup regime. [Nicaragua Network note: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) said that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon had assured him that the US would recognize the outcome of the Honduran elections regardless of whether Manuel Zelaya was reinstated. This is unacceptable.] Read a statement from Honduran President Manuel Zelaya below.

SOA Watch supports the three key demands that the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup in Honduras has put forward:

• the return to constitutional order with the reinstatement of the legitimate president, Manuel Zelaya Rosales
• respect for the sovereign right of the Honduran people to establish a National Constituent Assembly for the purpose of refounding their nation
• punishment for those who have violated human rights.

Join us in calling the White House and leave a message for President Barack Obama and Dan Restrepo (Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs) at 202-456-1111 or 202-456- 1414 and the State Department and leave a message for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon (202-647-4000) telling them to not recognize the coup regime’s elections that are scheduled for November 29. President Zelaya must be reinstated!

Statement by Honduran President Manuel Zelaya:
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
From the Desk of the President
Tegucigalpa November 6, 2009

[Translation by Patricia Adams, The Quixote Center. Original Spanish version below.]

DELCARATION

Our weapon are ideas, our struggle is peaceful Agreement Failed because of Micheletti’s Failure to Comply.

In the face of the mockery that Mr. Micheletti has made of the Honduran People and the International Community: boycotting the Tegucigalpa/San Jose Agreement; letting the deadline for the creation of the Government of Unity pass without convening the National Congress, as is within his power and responsibility to do per the written agreement; the lack of a will to fulfill the Agreement in both letter and spirit is clear; ignoring the Plan Arias proposal, as well as the OAS and the UN resolutions; we declare that the Agreement has been a failure, because of the failure of the de facto regime to comply with the commitment to organize and install a government of unity and national reconciliation by this date; a government which should by law be presided over by the President elected by the People, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales.

1. We are not willing to give up the rights of the people by legitimating this Coup d’Etat.
2. We do not accept the militarization of society nor that the President of Honduras be named by the elite of the Armed Forces.
3. Democracy is the highest good of society and is the only path for confronting the problems of the third poorest economy in Latin America, and therefore we are not willing to be cheated nor that our Democracy be robbed from us.
4. The permanent violations of Human Rights, the cancellation of public freedoms, the confiscation of communication media, as well as the status of the President elected by the people who is surrounded by the military inside the Brazilian Embassy and the political witch hunting, is all proof of the preparation of an enormous Political-Electoral fraud on November 29th.
5. We announce that we will completely ignore this electoral process and the results of the aforementioned evils, elections under a dictatorship are a fraud for the people.
6. We invite the Ministers of the OAS to make immediate pronouncements about the actions of the government legitimately elected by the people of Honduras, and to continue to condemn and ignore this de facto regime.
7. On behalf of the people, we thank the International Community, the OAS, Secretary Insulza, the ex- President of Chile Mr Ricardo Lagos Escobar, and the US Labor Secretary Mrs Hilda Solís.

Versión original en español:

PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPUBLICA
Del Escritorio de Señor Presidente
Tegucigalpa 6 de noviembre del 2009

PRONUNCIAMIENTO

Nuestra armas son las ideas, nuestra lucha es pacifica
Fracasa Acuerdo por Incumplimiento de Micheletti.

Ante la burla que el Señor Micheletti ha inferido al pueblo Hondureño y a la Comunidad Internacional, Boicoteando el Acuerdo Tegucigalpa/San José y dejar que se vencieran los plazos para la Organización del Gobierno de Unidad al no convocar al Congreso Nacional de acuerdo a sus facultades y compromisos suscritos, evidentemente se manifiesta la falta de voluntad para cumplir la letra y el espíritu del Acuerdo, desconociendo la propuesta del Plan Arias, la resoluciones de Organización de Estados Americanos de Naciones Unidas, declaramos fracasado el Acuerdo por el incumplimiento del régimen de facto del compromiso de que a esta fecha debía de estar organizado e instalado el gobierno de unidad y de Reconciliación nacional; El que por ley debe de ser presidido por el Presidente Electo por el Pueblo José Manuel Zelaya Rosales.

1. Que no estamos dispuestos a perder los derechos del pueblo legitimando este Golpe de Estado.
2. No aceptamos que se militarice la sociedad y que el Presidente de Honduras sea nombrado en las Cúpulas de las Fuerzas Armadas.
3. La Democracia es un bien supremo de la sociedad y es el único camino para enfrentar los problemas de la tercera economía mas pobre de Latinoamérica por lo que no estamos dispuestos a permitir que nos roben con este tipo de trampas nuestra Democracia.
4. Las violaciones permanentes de los Derechos Humanos, la cancelación de las libertades públicas, y la confiscación de medios de comunicación al igual que la situación del Presidente electo por el pueblo rodeado por militares en la sede Diplomática del Brasil y la persecución Política es la prueba evidente de la preparación de un gran fraude Político-Electoral para el 29 de noviembre.
5. Anunciamos nuestro total desconocimiento a este proceso electoral y a los resultados por los vicios antes mencionados, elecciones bajo dictadura son un fraude para el pueblo.
6. Invitar de manera inmediata a los Cancilleres de la OEA a que se pronuncien sobre lo que acontece en el gobierno legítimamente electo por el pueblo Hondureño y continué la condena y el desconocimiento a este régimen de facto.
7. Agradecemos al pueblo el apoyo brindado por la Comunidad Internacional, a la Organización de Estados Americano, secretario insulsa al ex Presidente de Chile Señor Ricardo Lagos Escobar, a la Ministra de Trabajo del Gobierno de Estados Unidos Señora Hilda Solís.