OAS Releases Honduras Report

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, fulfilling a mandate from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs gathered in Lima in June, presented to the General Assembly, through the Chair of the Permanent Council, Ambassador María Isabel Salvador, a report on the situation in Honduras.

“The Commission considers it appropriate to end lawsuits … against former President Zelaya and his associates, under the laws of Honduras,” said the document prepared by the OAS Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

In the opinion of the members of the committee, actions against Zelaya were “politically motivated” and, “although the two processes that are pending (after application of the amnesty decree) against the former President Zelaya correspond to events occurring much before the coup, these processes, and the action of the Attorney, recently were formalized after the former President Zelaya was ousted from his duties as president” of Honduras.

Likewise, diplomats recommended that the ex president “ask the Board of Parlacen (Central American Parliament) for his incorporation into the body.”

The document highlights “the steady progress in the investigations to clarify the murder of several people, including journalists and defenders of human rights” during the political crisis and the mandate of Lobo.

Furthermore, the Commission considers that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission “should have the full support and collaboration of all sectors of Honduran society to determine what happened on June 28, 2009”.

When drafting the document, the High Level Commission met with the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, Secretary of Planning and Cooperation, Arturo Corrales, the former Minister of Culture, Arts and Sports during the administration Zelaya, Rodolfo Pastor, the Human Rights Minister, Ana Pineda, and HH DD special prosecutor, Sandra Ponce.

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