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Clinton and Honduras

March 8, 2016

Before it slips down the memory hole it is worth remembering the role Hillary Clinton played in the Honduras coup. With the assassination of Berta Cáceres, and the detainment of her fellow journalist and activist Gustavo Castro Soto, (who barely survived the same assassination attempt) the US Government’s role in preventing OAS action against that coup and human rights disaster that followed needs to be remembered.

As Clinton herself says in her 2014 book Hard Choices , “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexicoz …We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”  This was an election with no trace of legitimacy, where the opposition press was shut down or forbidden to cover politics, where violence was used against peaceful demonstrations and campaigning. To confirm this see the Organization of American States Inter American Commission on Human Rights report of Jan 2010 Honduras: Human Rights and the COUP D’ÉTAT.

Since the coup, violence against journalists, union members, members of indigenous communities, has sky rocketed in part due to impunity and lac of judicial independence, according to both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

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