Honduras Gone Wrong!

Honduras expert Dana Frank writes in the 16 October 2012 edition of Foreign Affairs:  “In Honduras, Latin American and Caribbean leaders have a clear example of what the United States has to offer: the underwriting of a human rights disaster.”

Among the rising tide of murders or assassinations in Honduras since the coup are:  

   -  22 newspaper, radio and TV journalists (Reporters without Borders)

   -  30 Lawyers, 7 of them women

   -  82 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Hondurans (Las Catrachas)

   -  60 Campesino family farmers on agrarian land reform cooperatives in the Aguán region (HRW)

Frank writes: “In many ways, Washington is responsible for this dismal turn. From the earliest days of the coup, the United States made poor decisions.  The Obama administration was willing to call Zelaya’s ouster a coup, but it refused to ever use the term “military coup,” which would have legally triggered a cutoff of all military and police aid.  Instead, U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton legitimated Micheletti as an equal player in negotiations.  They never denounced the repression that followed.”   The full article is attached.