Honduras: Opposition to Coup Government Marches for Human Rights

Follow the steps below to tell the US to stop supporting coup regime violence!
This alert was written by allies in the Central American solidarity movement, many of which are listed below.

Yesterday, Hondurans marched in the streets of Tegucigalpa to demand that the recently installed government of Porfirio Lobo halt its attacks on the peaceful Resistance movement. The National Front for Popular Resistance has documented at least *254* human rights violations, including murder, kidnappings and rape, since Pepe Lobo took over for the de facto government.

The day before the march, Claudia Larisa Brizuela Rodriguez was gunned down in her home in San Pedro Sula. Her two young children, ages 2 and 8, witnessed their mother’s murder.

Claudia was the daughter of high-profile Resistance leader and Radio Uno host, Pedro Brizuela. It is believed that Claudia’s cowardly assassination is intended to intimidate the resistance movement and independent media. Radio Uno hosts, including Pedro Brizuela, have consistently denounced the abuses and corruption of the post-coup governments, and therefore have become a target of threats. Claudia’s is the third murder in just two weeks.

ACT NOW!

Please join us in calling the State Department’s Human Rights desk in order to demand that the U.S. government denounce systematic human rights violations which continue under the Lobo government.

The United States is contributing to the human rights crisis by recognizing the Lobo administration and pressuring others to do so. The UN, OAS, and the vast majority of Latin America have refused to recognize Lobo who is widely considered to have come to power via bogus elections, resulting in an institutionalization of the coup d’état and impunity.

*Dial 202-647-4000 and ask for Human Rights Desk at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Alternately, you can ask to speak to the office of Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, who coordinates the work of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor*.

Sample script:

Hello, my name is ____________ and I am calling because I am deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Honduras. On Wednesday, Claudia Larisa Brizuela, activist and daughter of prominent member of the resistance movement and opposition media personality Pedro Brizuela, was assassinated in her home in San Pedro Sula in front of her two young children. In recent weeks, other resistance leaders have been attacked and murdered, amounting to over 254 documented human rights violations since Porfirio Lobo took power only a month ago. This represents the continuance of an ongoing policy of state terrorism and aggression that began after the July 2009 “coup d’etat”.

I ask that the U.S. STRONGLY CONDEMN the Lobo administration for continued human rights violations and call for the protection of all human rights defenders and media workers in Honduras, while cutting military aid to the country. I also urge the U.S. to reject the Lobo administration’s proposed Truth Commission, and push for an independent truth process that would thoroughly investigate the human rights violations and other crimes committed under the interim government of Roberto Micheletti, as well as the current Lobo administration, instead of simply whitewashing the coup in Honduras. Thank you.”

This alert was written by allies in the Central American solidarity movement. For more information about the crisis in Honduras, please visit:

“Comunicado “about the murder from the FNRP

The Quixote Center

School of the Americas Watch

Honduras Resiste

National Resistance Front Against the Coup (“en español”)