Political instability resulted in abuse of human rights and democracy in Honduras

Two months ago, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from his home at gunpoint by 300 troops. He was forcibly put on a plane and has only managed to step foot in his home country for roughly two hours since.

In the meantime, a de facto government has assumed power, violently punishing all those who courageously speak out – dealing a powerful blow to democracy and human rights.

The people of Honduras voted for a democratic government, but in the most undemocratic fashion possible, they are in danger of losing that right, among many others. The de facto government has used its unchecked power to conduct mass arrests and police and military-sanctioned beatings against any vocal oppositional figures.

Extreme instability and political unrest have forced the people of Honduras to take to the streets in protest. Amnesty International researchers have been on the ground since the coup took place and have documented widespread police beatings of students, reporters, political leaders and other activists. Women and media workers have been particularly vulnerable to the violence.

For further information, read the new report from Amnesty International.

Harassment of the Garífuna community in Honduras

Leaders and members of the Afro-descendant Garífuna community in the village of San Juan Tela, Atlantida department, northern Honduras have been subjected to a campaign of harassment. This is an apparent attempt to force them to hand over land that they have owned for generations to a real estate company, which has proposed building a tourist resort in the area. The lives and physical and mental integrity of the members of the community are in danger. 

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