Monday, August 9, 2010

And Jorge Arturo Reina accepted the Ambassadorship to UNASUR

Cosas veredes mi querido Sancho...Jorge Arturo Reina accepted the offer from President Lobo of becoming Honduras Ambassador to UNASUR. Mr. Reina is sacrificing himself, as according to some of my sources he is going to earn $8,000 a month. Besides being a insult to all who heard Mr. Reina defend Zelaya and his plans, who moved heaven and earth to get the UN to sanction Honduras, and who literally condemned Zelaya's removal, it is an insult to those Hondurans who live on US1 dollar a day.

Think about this for just  a minute. This money could be better spend vaccinating 8,00 children or spending in buying pirethroid insecticides to control mosquitoes, rather than financing the lifestyle of the rich and famous to the itinerant Ambassador to an organization who does not recognize Honduras, and which most of its members also do not recognize Honduras.

I heard some rumors out there saying that President Lobo is actually thinking of accepting the request by Daniel Ortega to name Patricia Rodas Baca as Honduras Ambassador in Nicaragua in order to get that country's recognition of Honduras.

Sorry, but I may be square and don't see what is President Lobo's plan here or maybe we do not know all of what is going on. At one point one has to recognize that even though a policy or action may be strategic in nature, but it is also one that is selling your soul to obtain short term gains.

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  1. Post-Coup Abuses

    After the coup, security forces committed serious human rights violations - including excessive force against demonstrators and arbitrary detentions - as well as illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.

    No one has been held criminally responsible for any of these violations. The Human Rights Unit of the Attorney General's Office has filed charges in 20 cases of alleged violations committed under the de facto government. Judges acquitted the defendants in eight cases and the rest remain pending before the courts, including some cases that are stalled because the accused remain at large.

    This lack of progress is primarily the result of the lack of cooperation with, and support for, the Human Rights Unit on the part of other state institutions, particularly during the early stage of the investigations in 2009, Human Rights Watch said.

    Security forces obstructed investigations of abuses committed after the coup, Human Rights Watch found. They failed to turn over firearms for ballistics tests, to respond to information requests to identify officers accused of committing abuses, and to grant access to military installations. While security forces have been somewhat more cooperative since President Lobo took office, the earlier lack of cooperation has had a lasting impact on the investigations.

    Other obstacles include the Human Rights Unit's limited resources and its reliance on investigative police who lack the independence necessary to conduct impartial investigations into violations by security forces. Progress on these cases has been hindered by the government's failure to allocate funds to the Witness Protection Program.

    In addition, the Supreme Court created a climate in which lower-court judges were discouraged from ruling against de facto authorities, Human Rights Watch said. The court endorsed the military's actions on the day of the coup, and subsequently disregarded constitutional appeals challenging policies of the de facto government. It also exercised its disciplinary powers in an arbitrary and seemingly political fashion in May, when it fired four judges who had publicly questioned the coup's legality.