URGENT ACTION NEEDED! DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK IN HONDURAS! PEOPLE BEING ROUNDED UP IN STADIUMS, THE BRAZILIAN EMBASSY IS UNDER SIEGE!

September 22, 2009

[The Alliance for Global Justice has received this action alert from Rights Action. For more information, go to: http://www.rightsaction.org/]

Please write immediately to the UN missions of the members of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and others. The contact information for all the listed missions is below with a sample letter.

Demand that the United Nations immediately impose an economic blockade on Honduras, a demand of the National Front of Resistance to the Coup against Honduras. The United Nations General Assembly initiated a session today.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya yesterday arrived in Honduras, and is in the Brazilian Embassy. The de facto government is attacking protesters who have gathered around the Brazilian Embassy to protect the constitutionally elected President Manuel Zelaya. Dangerous amounts of tear gas are being used around the Brazilian embassy at a level that puts in danger the lives of the Brazilian diplomatic corps, President Zelaya, and neighbors of the Embassy.

According to radio reports in Honduras, protesters are being rounded up and held in stadiums. Live ammunition has been used against protesters along with extreme beatings. Masked men accompany police and military. Deaths of protesters are rumored. The offices of leading Honduran human rights organization COFADEH was attacked with tear gas. A curfew is in effect and scheduled to begin at 4 pm, and extreme repression during the curfew is expected.

Over the past 88 days the Resistance Front has maintained constant protests with thousands of protesters in the streets daily.

SAMPLE LETTER

Esteemed Ambassador:

I write to request that in your capacity as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council you propose a resolution to obligate members of the United Nations to impose a trade blockade against Honduras. In this way the non recognition of the de facto regime that came to power through a military coup on June 28, 2009 will be made effective.

Today the coup regime is undertaking a direct attack on the Embassy of Brazil, where the constitutional President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya is located. They are using dangerous levels of tear gas, and have fired live ammunition; acts that put at risk the lives and wellbeing of members of Brazil’s diplomatic corps and thousands of people in the street and homes around the embassy. This repression is the latest in 88 days of repression by the coup government.

For this reason it is urgent that an economic blockade be imposed and that the possibility of a peace keeping mission be discussed.

Sincerely,
Your name and address

United Nations Missions that have seats on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Canada
E-mail: canada@un.int or prmny@international.gc.ca
Telephone:
212-848-1100
Fax: (1) 212-848-1195, -1192, -1128

United States
http://www.archive.usun.state.gov/Issues/contactus.html
Telephone212-415-4062
Fax: 212-415-4053

United Kingdom
UK@UN.int
Telephone: (1) (212) 745 9200
Fax:1 (212) 745 9316

France
france@franceonu.org
Telephone : 1 (212) 702 4900
Fax : 1 (212) 421 6889

Germany
http://www.new-york-un.diplo.de/Vertretung/newyorkvn/en/Kontakt.jsp

India
India@un.int
Tel: 212-490-9660
Fax: 212-490-9656

Netherlands
Tel: (212) 519-9500
Fax: (212) 370-1954
netherlands@un.int

New Zealand
Tel: (212) 826 1960
Fax: (212) 758 0827
Email nzmissionny@earthlink.net

Norway
Phone: 212-421-0280
Fax: 212-688-0554
E-mail: delun@mfa.no

Sweden
sweden@un.int
Telephone: (212) 583-2500
Fax: 212 583 2549