Fw: Report from Honduras - Take Action Now to Support the Delegation
- Subject: Fw: Report from Honduras - Take Action Now to Support the Delegation
- From: "nello margiotta" <nellomargiotta55 at virgilio.it>
- Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 18:19:32 +0200
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From: International Action Center
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Subject: Report from Honduras - Take Action Now to Support the Delegation
U.S. Delegation Arrives in Honduras
to gather evidence on civil rights crisis and impact of the coup
The delegation urgently needs your support! Here's how you can help:
Send a message to the White House, Congress, Honduran officials and the
media demanding they insure the safety and security of this U.S. delegation.
Sign the petition online at
Make an emergency donation to help with the expenses of this delegation -
donate online at http://iacenter.org/donate/
Forward this message you your friends, co-workers, and fellow activists.
You can follow the delegation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iacenter and
on the Honduras delegation blog at -
http://hondurasdelegation.wordpress.com/ . Updates will be posted as they
On Wedensday, a 12-person delegation from the United States arrived in
Honduras. The purpose of the trip is to conduct a fact-finding
investigation of the critical situation in the country.
We've just received word that the delegation has safely arrived at the
airport and is heading to the hotel. The delegation is asking supporters
here to call on their elected officials, members of Congress and
representatives of the media to take action to ensure the unrestricted entry
and the success and safety of the U.S. delegation. You can send a message
online at http://www.iacenter.info/honduras/safeguardhondurasdelegation
An OAS delegation comprising several foreign ministers and
Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza met with President Zelaya on Wednesday
at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where he took refuge on returning
from exile on September 21. The representatives reiterated their backing to
This visit by the OAS, a clear signal of international support for Zelaya,
has emboldened the peoples' movement. Despite a massive police presence and
threats of a government crackdown, there was a spirited demonstration on
Wednesday. The U.S. delegation took part in the demonstration - read the
The situation in Honduras is at a critical stage. A vicious fascist coup
may be in the making as the de facto illegal government of Roberto
Micheletti carries out a reign of terror against the people and Manuel
Zelaya, the democratically elected president. The coup plotters-golpistas in
Spanish-have denied rights guaranteed in the Constitution and banned
gatherings. But the people continue to resist.
That's why this delegation is so important - and why we're asking for your
support. This group of students, labor, clergy as well as peace activists
are in Honduras to learn about the critical situation in the country
including a ban of constitutional rights. They aim to return and explain to
the U.S. population all the facts about the current situation in Honduras ,
including the situation of those who have opposed the coup government.
The delegation will be in Honduras from October 7 through October 11.
Please take action now in solidarity with the delegation. Take a minute now
and sign the petition below to demand the safety and security of the human
rights delegation! Then, please consider making an urgently needed donation
to help with the expenses of the fact finding delegation.
To: President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice
President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders, U.N. General Assembly President
d'Escoto-Brockmann, U.N. Secretary General Ban, the Organization of American
States, FIFA and World Cup leaders and sponsors and major media
representatives including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los
Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Reuters and Telesur:
I want to call your attention to a delegation from the United States that
will be traveling to Honduras on Oct. 7. Ensuring the safety and security of
this delegation requires your attention.
Students, labor, clergy as well as peace activists plan to visit Honduras
from October 7 through October 11 to learn about the critical situation in
the country including a ban of constitutional rights. The fact-finding
investigation of the critical situation in the country can only be carried
out if its freedom of movement and safety is guaranteed. The delegation must
be permitted to enter Honduras and to speak with Hondurans.
With the long-term Soto Cano U.S. air base in Honduras (also called
Palmerola base) and a history of training Honduran military officers, the
attitude of the U.S. government is vital to any actions taken by the
de-facto government in Honduras.
They aim to return and explain to the U.S. population all the facts about
the current situation in Honduras, including the situation of those who have
opposed the coup government.
On Saturday, Honduras will be the site of a major World Cup qualifying
soccer match, expected to attract 50,000 people in San Pedro Sula. If the
existing coup government of Honduras cannot guarantee the safety of this
small human rights delegation how can they claim to be able to guarantee the
safety of such a large crowd, including many international visitors?
The American Association of Jurists, the National Lawyers Guild, the
International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the International
Association Against Torture have just released a report that confirm that
the June 28 events in Honduras constitute a genuine military coup. The
report further states that the military overthrow "was a clear violation of
Honduras' 1982 Political constitution."
Under these conditions, the people of the world will hold you accountable
for insuring the security and safety of this fact-finding delegation and its
ability to gather the truth and bring it back to the people of the U.S.
(Your signature will be appended here based on the contact information you
enter in the form above)
Sign the petition online at
FOLLOW THE DELEGATION FROM WED OCT 7 to 11 ON TWITTER-
And on the U.S. Delegation to Honduras BLOG -