Monday, September 21, 2009

Some background on the transition process in Honduras (Part 1 of 4)

I see with deep sadness and preoccupation the recent developments in my country Honduras. My sense of despair increased after observing the international reaction including that of the United States of America, and the Assemblies at the Organization of American States and the United Nations. These parties made an unjustified quick judgment and condemnation upon Honduras without hearing all stakeholders’ opinions and before knowing all the pertinent facts that lead to the constitutional removal of Mr. Manuel Zelaya Rosales as President of Honduras on June 28, 2009.

Countries jumped on the bandwagon set in motion by a small group of well connected and influential individuals heading the assemblies at the OAS and UN, by condemning the justified removal of Mr. Zelaya and our sovereign right as a nation to choose our leader by labeling it as a coup d’état. This left very little options for other countries to maneuver and make informed decisions.

The fact that condemnations to Honduran actions passed by OAS and the United Nations General Assembly and individual countries did not bother to understand the context, while omitting the causal motives for this outcome is indeed worrisome. The process followed by these entities unjustly discriminates against the will of constitutionally appointed bodies and actors such as the Honduran National Congress, the Supreme Court, Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Tribunal of Administrative Issues, The Human Rights Commissioner and a majority of the Honduran population.

We, the majority of the Honduran population, demand respect for the Constitution, democracy and freedom from becoming a puppet or satellite state of Venezuela and Cuba. Let us be clear about this, as this is in the end what is at stake: our survival as an independent and democratic Republic, where “checks and balances” are the norm rather than the exception.


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