Posts Tagged ‘Roberto Micheletti’

Honduras: Re-election or constituent assembly?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

[Translation of an article from Contralínea of Mexico City for February 6, 2015. See original here and related articles here and here.]

by Daniel Urbino

Honduras is being visited by ghosts from the recent past. Some political sectors are moving pieces on the chess board and sparking debate on the need for a constituent assembly, for allowing re-election or for maintaining the status quo.

The dispute gained strength on December 8, 2014, when more than a dozen congress members from the ruling Partido Nacional (PN) and one from the Unificación Democrática submitted an appeal to the supreme court on the constitutionality of an article of the Honduran constitution. The article, number 239, declares that a citizen who has held the position of head of the executive branch cannot become president again. Anyone violating this provision or proposing its reform, as well as those who support [its reform], directly or indirectly, will immediately surrender their respective positions and will remain ineligible for any public function for ten years, the provision further states.

This is not the first time the topic has been taken up in Honduras. In 2009, then President Manuel Zelaya promoted what was known as the “fourth ballot,” a non-binding survey to determine if the people were in favor of a constitutional reform or not. This would take place on the same day as the elections of the president, congress members and mayors, for which reason it was called the “fourth ballot.” (more…)

Honduran Right rejects Chávez but covets Venezuelan oil

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

With no evidence, Capriles claims Caracas contributed millions of dollars to the Zelaya administration

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for October 13, 2012.  See original here.]

by Arturo Cano

Caracas, October 12 – “And when was the 100-million dollar contribution?”  Henrique Capriles Radonski shuffled his papers.  “In 2010,” he said.  “What?  He gave the money to (Roberto) Micheletti?” was heard in the auditorium.  “Well, I’ll clear it up later and let you know.”

One of the lines of attack by the opposition candidate when he took part in public events during the recent campaign was to repeat a list of “contributions” that the Hugo Chávez government had made all over the world.

The initial exchange took place on October 1 in a press conference presented by  Capriles, who only four days after his defeat in the presidential race registered again as a candidate, this time for re-election as governor of the state of Miranda, to say to  foreign correspondents that he would not give away Venezuelan money and to accuse Chávez of being a mono-exporter:  “The only thing he exports is his political agenda.” (more…)

Honduran human rights defender Alexander Salgado on the current situation

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

 

((ContraPunto photo by Luis Velásquez))

“The president of Honduras is Micheletti”

[Translation of an article from ContraPunto of San Salvador for December 14. See original here and related articles here.]

by Fernando de Dios

San Salvador – Being a defender of human rights in Honduras these days is a job that carries with it the risk of imminent death.

As a member of the Comité de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de Honduras (CODEH – Committee in Defense of Human Rights in Honduras) who has been denouncing abuses by state security forces in the Bajo Aguán area, where 47 campesinos have been assassinated in the past two years, Alexander Salgado knows this first hand.

Salgado tells how he and others were attacked by soldiers who lay in ambush for them and fired at them with combat rifles in that rural area of the department of Colón, in northern Honduras. (more…)

International Criminal Court investigates coup in Honduras

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Those responsible for coup against Zelaya could be indicted in Rome for crimes against humanity

[Translation of an article from ContraPunto of San Salvador for October 7. See original here.]

Tegucigalpa – The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating those who led the coup d’état in Honduras on June 28, 2009, which overthrew the constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya.

This according to former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, who heads a delegation of jurists visiting Honduras.

Among those who could be judged internationally are de facto President Roberto Micheletti and General Romeo Vásquez.

Both could be charged with more than 200 human rights violations, including assassinations, torture, forced disappearances and arbitrary arrests, as well as repression of defenseless civilians.

Garzón is also participating in a workshop called “Impunity, freedom of expression and justice” being held in Tegucigalpa.

In the framework of this international event, Garzón declared that several political and military figures could be indicted by the international organization, an unprecedented event in Latin America.

The announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the workshop, in which close to 100 representatives of human rights organizations in Honduras, as well as other Central American countries, took part.

The Spanish jurist pointed out that “once we have the evidence in hand, we can give a response on whether there is in effect responsibility” in the deaths of eight people during the political crisis, documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which released its report in July.

The famous lawyer stated that preparations for the cases is very important, since if “there is the appearance of crimes against humanity” during and after the overthrow of Zelaya, “the preparation of the cases is fundamental” so that they will have “greater possibility of being successful.”

The event was also attended by Eugenia Valenzuela, a member of the delegation who represents prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the ICC.

During the opening of the meeting, the United Nations rapporteur for the Freedom of Expression, Frank de la Rue, announced that he will submit a request to the government of Honduras to conduct an official visit to investigate the deaths of 16 journalists between 2010 and the present.

Honduras: Wikileaks cables reveal US mistrust of Micheletti

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Embassy reported Micheletti took advantage of political crisis to sign lucrative contracts

[Translation of an article from El País of Madrid, Spain, for January 29. See original article here and leaked cables, in English, here, here, here, here, here and here.]

Roberto Micheletti

By Francisco Peregil

In the 250,000 Wikileaks documents, the expression “banana republic” appears 51 times. Diplomats from countries like Turkey, Russia, Morocco and Spain (Miguel Ángel Moratinos in March, 2004) made clear to their counterparts from the United States that their countries were not banana republics. And yet in the most recent case of a coup d’état in Latin America, the concept is just below the surface in many telegrams but it does not appear at all.

The cables drafted in the United States embassy in Honduras after the June 28, 2009, coup against President Manuel Zelaya display everything that is usually associated with a country with no reliable institutions and under the shadow of the United States: a politician, Roberto Micheletti, who occupied the presidency in the name of honesty and in his despotism had to be threatened with revocation of his visa before he would surrender his position. Until the last minute, Micheletti, according the the embassy, took advantgage of the crisis the coup d’état had provoked to arrange crooked contracts. (more…)

Honduran resistance movement reforms

Friday, July 16th, 2010

[Translations of two articles from Tiempo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the first, from July 12 based on an Agence France Presse dispatch, the second from July 15. The movement against the coup d’état of June 28, 2009, has been divided since its inception between zelayistas, motivated primarily by support for Manuel Zelaya, and leftists like labor organizer Juan Barahona and campesino leader Rafael Alegría of Via Campesina (currently hospitalized with hemorrhagic dengue, which has reached epidemic proportions in the entire region). The leftists, dedicated to making fundamental changes in the country, initially through a constituent assembly, are understandably mistrustful of both traditional parties, the Partido Nacional and the Partido Liberal, the latter of which includes among its adherents not only Manuel Zelaya but also Roberto Micheletti, the de facto president installed in the coup. In a letter sent in late April from the Dominican Republic, where he is currently living in exile, Zelaya accused resistance leaders of attempting to exclude him from the movement by dismissing the possibility of his returning to Honduras.]

Resistance movement elects Zelaya as coordinator

Tegucigalpa – The Frente Nacional de Resistencia de Honduras [National Resistance Front of Honduras], formed to oppose the coup d’état of June, 2009, was divided as it ended an assembly this weekend but named former President Manuel Zelaya as its general coordinator in an attempt to restore unity.

The group, which has adopted the name Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP – National Popular Resistance Front ) and promotes a constituent assembly, is made up of members from the traditional left and of dissident members of the Partido Liberal, a traditionally rightist party which moved leftward with Zelaya. (more…)

Talk of institutional normality falls flat in Honduras

Monday, June 28th, 2010

US embassy announces plans for “military cooperation”

Revistazo photo

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for June 28, 2010.]

by Arturo Cano

Tegucigalpa, June 27 – So much time spent saying that nothing is happening just to end up with a headline that admits, “A year later, Honduras is still polarized.” The news agencies spread the word but, with no apologies, the news media take it back, the same media that for a year have marketed the idea of “institutional normality,” even at the most critical times after the coup d’état of June 28, 2009, when President José Manuel Zelaya was abducted from his home, still in his pajamas, and was expatriated. (more…)

Honduran judges dismissed for condemning corruption in judicial branch

Friday, May 7th, 2010

[Translation of an article from Revistazo.com of Honduras for May 6.]

Revistazo photo

A chronicle of firings foretold has emerged from the case of judges Ramón Enrique Barrios, Luis Alonso Chévez de la Rocha, Guillermo López Lone and Tirza Flores and public defender Osman Fajardo Morel, who were all dismissed from their jobs because they questioned and denounced irregularities reigning in the Honduran judiciary.

Darkness was a reliable witness at a meeting that ended near midnight in which the highest authorites of the Supreme Court decided to remove the handful of practitioners of the law who, joined together in the Asociación de Jueces por la Democracia (AJD – Association of Judges for Democracy), had already made public the threat of their dismissals. (more…)

Impunity in Honduras: court exonerates officials who ordered silencing of anti-coup media

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

[Translation of an article from the Honduran website Revistazo for April 12.]

by Eleana Borjas

Despite the fact that the national constitution is clear concerning the closing and censoring of communications media and the information they convey, criminal court Judge Martha Murillo has dismissed charges against former officials who ordered the closing of television station Cholusat Sur (channel 36), Radio Globo and Radio Catracha, among others, during the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti Baín.

The ministry of the interior had charged Miguel Ángel Rodas, former head of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL), with abuse of authority and crimes against the media for ordering the closing of Cholusat Sur and Radio Globo last September 28.

The communications media, which were opposed to the de facto government, particularly to its violation of the human rights of those demonstating in the streets against the overthrow of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, were subjected to persecution, harassment, and censorship of their programming and the blocking of radio and television frequencies.

The accused claimed it was elements of the Honduran armed forces that had carried out the closings, making orders from pertinent authorites irrelevant.

In statements about the ruling, journalist and Cholusat Sur director Edras Amado López commented that Judge Murillo had sent a letter to her superiors asking to be recused from hearing the case but “was required to hold the hearing”…