Hondurans march through the streets to protest the June military coup
In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew
democratically elected Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in Honduras have
deteriorated. Among those
most affected by the post-coup violence are human rights advocates,
journalists, women and members of the GLBT community.
Immediately following the coup, Hondurans began asking Witness for Peace
to send delegations to Honduras to document the role of the United States in the crisis. Witness for Peace responded, producing a documentary short called Shot in the Back: the Human Impact of the Honduran Coup.
Post-coup, Honduras withdrew from ALBA, attempts have been made to roll back Zelaya’s minimum wage hike, and laws have been proposed to privatize public resources such as rivers for dam projects. The Honduran
business elite, which played a key role in instigating and financially
maintaining the coup, is intimately tied to U.S. and transnational
Neoliberal policies and targeted
political repression and violence have expanded under the government of
Porfirio Lobo. Lobo became president
in January 2010, amidst international claims that the elections had been
fraudulent and unfair.
However, despite the flagrant human rights violations and widespread
impunity, the United States continues to support Honduras both diplomatically and
through military aid.
Witness for Peace delegates meet with community leaders and activists struggling
for their basic rights. After returning to the United States, delegates
have spear-headed letter writing campaigns, published reports, produced
documentaries and spoken publicly about U.S. complacence in the Honduran crisis.