Agricultural Missions, Inc.
A Faith Response to Rural Poverty and Injustice
Abajo hay versión español de un análisis de coordinadora internacional de OFRANEH, Carla Garcia.
Please circulate widely! Contact your Congressional Representatives AND use and/or sign on to this letter addressed to the U.S. government: specifically to the State Department and President Obama. (Contact information is below.) Also, consider writing letters to editors of local newspapers and media outlets asking that the U.S. not endorse the fraudulent Honduran vote count. Advocate that the U.S. government should allow for Hondurans to build democratic processes that benefit the majority, most importantly by ceasing to send aid to the Honduran military and police forces, known for their complicity in repression of peaceful democratic activities. Hondurans are struggling courageously against the stolen electoral process and need our solidarity! Many lives are at stake and the blood of many has already been sacrificed in this struggle, including 4 more political murders during the last 7 days surrounding the vote. (See this link for an article about the political killings in Honduras: http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/11/political-repression-intensifies-ahead-of-honduran-presidential-election/ ) Please cc firstname.lastname@example.org when you take action. Thanks.
Main talking points:
1) Evidence is emerging that the electoral vote count following the November 24 elections in Honduras was fraudulent, to the point of changing the outcomes. Adherence to democratic process would require a transparent vote recount.
2) Since the coup of 2009 there have been 229 documented political killings, including 30 candidates of the newly created LIBRE party that is contesting the results and whose presidential candidate Xiomara Castro (wife of deposed president Manuel Zelaya) may be the victor of these elections if all the votes are tallied fairly. (I have a full report I can send… with photos and descriptions of each tragic death…)
3) The U.S. government needs an attitude change in its cozy relationship with the Honduran coup successor regime: the Honduran coup successor regime has violated human rights systematically, corruption is rampant and death squads have re-emerged, while U.S. aid for the police and military bolster this regime.
4) Violence against social movements and those opposing the coup successor governments must end. The candidate favored by the U.S. government and Honduran elite, National Party and National Congress head Juan Orlando Hernandez is a foremost architect of the coup successor government and proponent of the undemocratic processes and corruption that plagues Honduras. He has promised to militarize the country even more, a terrifying prospect in a country known as the most violent in the hemisphere.
Letter to be Sent to the State Department and White House: (also see below English translation of OFRANEH partner statement post election).
Thanksgiving Weekend Message! 2013
Dear President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry,
We (the undersigned organizations and individuals) ask for your consideration of the widespread evidence of fraud emerging around the electoral process of Honduras, and for a change in attitude and policies regarding the U.S. relationship with the government and people of Honduras.
Reports from many accredited election observers present during the November 24 presidential and municipal elections in Honduras have put in doubt the credibility of the vote count being overseen by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. As follow up to the November 13 letter sent by Senator Tim Kaine and signed by a dozen other Senators to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for the U.S. to uphold the fairness of the Honduran elections, we note that many of the conditions mentioned in that letter have not been fulfilled. Senator Tim Kaine mentioned that candidates from the LIBRE party have been killed during the campaign. In fact, approximately 30 such candidates have been murdered! He mentions that there should be transparency, and fair access to the election results. As of this moment, it appears that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (itself packed with protagonists and supporters of the Coup) is going to declare a winner of this elections, ultra right militarist and darling of the elite Juan Orlando Hernandez, despite the blatant fraud that has taken place at many levels, from outright vote buying, to alteration of voting results from many polling stations, and possibly at the national level as well. The LIBRE party analysis of the situation puts the volume of fraud at more than 800,000 votes, enough votes by far to change the outcome of the presidential and many other races. All in all, this outcome is not surprising as the whole apparatus of the Honduran State has since the Coup of 2009 been wholly co-opted by a very small elite of powerful and extremely wealthy families, and the candidate of choice for these interests is the presumed victor of the elections Juan Orlando Hernandez. This man as head of the illegitimate National Congress that resulted from the largely boycotted and internationally criticized elections following the coup, has authored many unconstitutional acts, including the overturning of the Honduran Supreme Court by fiat when judges there did not ratify bills that would have privatized “Model Cities” or virtual foreign enclaves within Honduran territory.
We insist on a U.S. government attitude of Non-Intervention and Non-Cooperation with the ruling post-coup elite of Honduras. We demand a respect for life and human rights and of non-cooperation with the undemocratic process and context of the current electoral process. We ask that the State Department cease premature statements endorsing the National Party candidate that would consolidate and strengthen the effort to impose Juan Orlando Hernandez as the next president of Honduras, who we know from his track record as President of the illegitimate National Congress, would consolidate a right wing ruling regime of impunity, violence and corruption. Presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez was an active protagonist of the Coup of 2009, the unconstitutional overthrowing of the Supreme Court of Honduras, and the impunity that reigns in the apparatus of oppression, assassination and judicial persecution taking place in Honduras. His campaign calls for soldiers on every street and for the military to take on duties normally reserved for police, a form of Marshal law. To our shame, Juan Orlando Hernandez is being treated as the candidate of choice of the U.S. government, as statements by the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras and the State Department make clear.
Some 30 candidates of the LIBRE party were assassinated leading up to these elections. This fact alone should raise serious doubt as to the credibility of these elections as free and fair. The appearance of armed men in vehicles without license plates to intimidate and repress has been a commonplace around activities of the LIBRE party, most recently just a day before the election itself. Since the coup of 2009 death squads (heavily armed men with military grade weapons and boots, moving in expensive SUVs or on motorcycles, often with faces covered) as well as uniformed police and military (in the case of the killing in Rio Blanco as just one example) have been responsible for hundreds of assassinations, most notably among journalists, lawyers, teachers, farmers, indigenous people, and members of organizations opposed to the post-coup regime, including approximately 110 family farmers involved with agrarian reform efforts in Bajo Aguan. (Please read the latest documented report on these politically-motivated assassinations, attached.)
U.S. Congressional letters sent to you previously asking for credible investigations of human rights violations and a moratorium on aid to the Honduran military and police forces have been largely ignored, to our shame as a nation and people of good will. By supporting the Honduran post-coup government, the U.S. government is complicit in this repressive violence and suffering, a complicity financed by U.S. taxpayers, mostly unbeknownst to them due to a withholding of knowledge and a white washing of the reality of Honduras by the U.S. government and mainstream corporate media that uncritically feed off government communications.
Due to widespread irregularities during the electoral process itself (including vote buying, chaotic and corrupted vote counts without fair representation among poll workers, massive vote “audits”, and credible accusations that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal that oversees this process is led by figures complicit in the post coup regime and its violations), the U.S. government should not recognize the alleged projected victor of this process, which many believe is fraudulent at its core and at its periphery.
We respectfully demand that the U.S. government reconsider its cozy relationship with the ruling elite of Honduras, most particularly in its favorable portrayal of that elite, we believe for the purpose of benefitting U.S. economic and hegemonic interests in the region, and on the pretext of the “war on drugs.” Evidence has shown that elements of the ruling elite itself are complicit and even actually protagonists in drug trafficking. This hypocrisy must stop. Many members of the U.S. Congress have pronounced their concern and opposition to continuing U.S. support for the Honduran security forces. It is time for the bloodletting in Honduras to end. It is time to implement a moratorium on aid to the Honduran military and police forces, as should have been done according to U.S. law following the coup itself!
Agricultural Missions, Inc (AMI)
Please consider using talking points in the above letter to send messages to Congress, the department of State and to the White House: see contact info below. If you would like to sign onto that letter drafted by Ag Missions, please RSVP: email@example.com
Congress: http://www.house.gov/ to get info for your member of Congress, and call: 202-224-3121
Senate: http://www.senate.gov/ to get contact for your Senator, and call: 202-224-3121
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
Secretary John Kerry 7th Floor 202-647-5291
Dept of State Main Switchboard: 202-647-4000
Dept of State: Honduras Office desk: 202 647-3482
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Statement at this Political moment by OFRANEH international coordinator Carla Garcia. (Translated to English by yours truly)
Since 2009 at the time of the Coup D’Etat against then president Manuel Zelaya Rosales, a savage dictatorship has taken hold dedicated to pillaging the modest resources that the Honduran people depend upon to meet its basic needs. These uncouth politicians have been busy selling our country Honduras piece by piece, together with multi-millionaire corporations from countries allied with this dictatorship. These corporate interests do not intend to lose now. That is why they have put in motion a Machiavellian machinery to undertake the electoral fraud this past November 24. This is no more than an unmistakable confirmation that the Coup has only been whitewashed with the complicity of international entities and that the elections emerging from that crisis are nothing more than the perpetuation of the dictatorship of the oligarchy which today shamelessly and cynically laughs in the face of the increasingly impoverished Honduran people.
The Honduran populace has waited patiently for the past four years to undertake a peaceful and profound transformation of those governing and of the laws, because we have understood that a social convulsion would only worsen the already unsustainable economic crisis we have all be experiencing. Nevertheless, with this last criminal act of the dictatorship, it is no longer possible to wait for more deterioration and hunger in every Honduran household.
The organized people will take the streets to tell the world that there has been an electoral fraud in Honduras and that our families cannot wait any more for work, for social security, for warm food on the table, for health, for education and above all else for the right to live in a country in which basic freedoms are real and not mere window dressing on the savage system in place.
The organized people will take to the streets to ask for true cooperation with Honduras; that the electoral fraud perpetuated by the political dictatorship of Honduras NOT be endorsed.
The organized people will take to the streets to demand that the sovereign will of the people be respected, to elect persons they choose to govern and manage the public institutions.
But above all, the organized people will take to the streets to show that despite our lethargy, we still breath, we are human beings like the rest of the continent, and we have enough dignity to struggle for our right to recover our territory.
No more assassinations, no more intimidation, no more electoral fraud, no more perpetuation of an unjust Coup D’Etat, no more stomping of our Rights underfoot, no more hunger, NO MORE, NO MORE!
Versión en español:
Desde el año 2009 en que se dio Golpe de Estado al entonces presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, se ha instalado en el País una dictadura salvaje que se ha dedicado a saquear los pocos recursos que el pueblo hondureño tiene para su subsistencia, estos políticos desalmados han vendido el nuestra Honduras en pedazos asi como muchos negocios millonarios con países aliados a esta dictadura, mismos negocios que no pretenden perder en este momento, por lo que han echado andar toda su maquinaria maquiavelica para hacer efectivo el fraude electoral del pasado 24 de Noviembre, que no es más que la confirmación inequívoca de que el golpe de estado solo fue blanqueado con la complicidad de organismos internacionales y que las elecciones que se derivaron de aquella crisis no eran mas que la perpetuación de la dictadura oligárquica que hoy con descaro y cinismo se ríe una vez mas en la cara del cada vez mas empobrecido pueblo hondureño.
La población de Honduras ha esperado pacientemente durante estos últimos 4 años por hacer de forma pacifica una transformación profunda de las autoridades y leyes, ya que entendemos que la convulsión social solo agravaría mas la ya insostenible crisis económica por que que atravesamos todos, sin embargo con esta ultima acción criminal de la dictadura, no es posible esperar por mas deterioro y hambre en cada una de los hogares hondureños.
El pueblo organizado saldrá a las calles a decirle a los países en el extranjeros que avalan el fraude electoral en Honduras que nuestras familias no pueden esperar mas por un trabajo, por seguridad social, por comida caliente en la mesa, por salud, por educación y sobre todo por el derecho a vivir en un país en el que las libertades sean reales y no un maquillaje sobre el salvaje sistema que impera.
El pueblo organizado saldrá a las calles a solicitar a los países que cooperan con Honduras, que no reconozcan el fraude electoral que perpetua la dictadura política en Honduras.
El pueblo organizado saldrá a las calles a exigir se respete su decisión soberana de elegir las personas que desea gobiernen y manejes las instituciones publica.
Pero mas que nada, el pueblo organizado saldrá a las calles a mostrar que aunque moribundo, aun respira, que somos seres humanos como los del resto del continente, y que tenemos dignidad para luchar por nuestro derecho a recuperar nuestro territorio.
No mas asesinatos, no mas intimidación, no mas fraude electoral, no mas perpetuación de un injusto golpe de estado,no mas pisoteo de nuestros derechos, no mas hambre, no mas NO MAS….