[HCCN] Honduras: an illegitimate government/election
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Mon Nov 30 20:16:57 EST 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2009
CONTACT: National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Paige Cram, Communications Coordinator, communications at nlg.org,
Susan Scott, Co-Chair, NLG International Committee 415 669-1745 or
syscott at prodigy.net
National Lawyers Guild Calls for the US to Disavow the Legitimacy of
Elections in Honduras
NEW YORK - November 30 - The National Lawyers Guild calls on
President Obama and the U.S. Department of State not to recognize the
elections in Honduras, which was conducted under the control of an
illegitimate coup government.
In the week leading up to Sunday's elections, several NLG members
went to Honduras to document conditions there. Tanya Brannan and
Kevin Breslin reported numerous repressive measures taken by military
and police under command of the Coup government. "While CNN reports a
70% turnout at the elections, even the official Honduran electoral
agency admits a mere 1.7 million Honduran voted yesterday," said
Brannan. "So even by the government's own admission, some 70% of
Hondurans voted not to legitimize the military coup. Can our
government do any less?"
Yesterday, member Tanya Brannan stood outside the U.S. Embassy in
Honduras in protest of the U.S. government's apparent support of the
election. The demonstration drew substantial attention from the
Honduran national police, including their elite riot squad, the
Cobras, who came out in force. As one bystander observed, "The U.S.
government has brought out their helicopters and Honduran riot police
to repress a handful of their own citizens trying to exercise their
right to free speech. What are they afraid of?"
The National Lawyers Guild has been monitoring the situation in
Honduras since the military removed the duly elected president,
Manuel Zelaya, on June 28. A climate of fear, intimidation and the
suppression of the most basic rights of free association and speech
has resulted in the closure of media outlets that are opposed to the
coup. There has been widespread militarization, along with
assassination, detention, threats, rape, surveillance and harassment
of the leadership and supporters of the coup resistance.
Having analyzed the legal and constitutional issues involved and
sending delegations to Honduras, the NLG has verified that the
election of November 29, 2009 were not free, fair or transparent, and
the United States government should join the international community
in refusing to recognize its legitimacy. It should speak out
forcefully against the coup, close down all U.S. military operations
in Honduras, and block all U.S. aid and trade that benefits the
illegal coup and its supporters.
In August, the NLG sent a joint delegation to Honduras with the
Association of American Jurists and International Association of
Democratic Lawyers to meet with members of the Honduran Supreme Court
and other government officials supporting the coup and leaders of the
coup resistance and social movements. Their preliminary report,
including an analysis of the constitutional issues, is available on
the website of the NLG International Committee: http://
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and
progressive change in the structure of our political and economic
system. Through its members--lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers
and legal workers united in chapters and committees--the Guild works
locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and
social force in the service of the people.
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