After Supreme Court confirms dismissal
[Translation of an article from Tiempo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for June 1, from an Agence France Presse dispatch. See also “In Honduras, hunger strike over fired judges continues” posted here on May 28.]
Tegucigalpa – Two judges and two other participants who had been on hunger strike in Honduras for 17 days quit the protest on Tuesday after the magistrates of the Supreme Court declined to reinstate the four judges who had been dismissed.
“The hunger strike is suspended but we are going to begin other actions on an international level, in the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Organization of American States and other bodies, to make it known that the coup d’état in Honduras has not been reversed,” one of the strikers, Guillermo López, told AFP.
Two members to the Association of Judges for Democracy and two additional activists are continuing the strike, begun by five participants on May 17 to demand the reinstatement of four judges who had been dismissed for supporting jucidial actions in favor of President Manuel Zelaya, deposed on June 28, 2009.
“Measures will be taken in the ICC to try Attorney General Luis Rubí, President of the Supreme Court Jorge Avilés and the 14 other magistrates because otherwise the coup d’état cannot be reversed,” López stressed…
“The fact that the Supreme Court has confirmed the sanctions imposed last May 5 does nothing but make it clear that this body has decided to abandon legality and has given in to the pressure of ultra-rightists who are committed to the disruption of constitutional order,” according to a statement on the hunger strike issued by the judges.
Thus “the judicial power’s direct participation in the June 28 coup d’état is confirmed,” it emphasized.