Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Honduras Suspends Civil Liberties

Honduras' interim leaders have suspended key civil liberties, empowering police and soldiers to break up "unauthorised" public meetings, arrest people without warrants and restrict the news media.
The announcement came just hours after deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya called on supporters to stage mass marches today marking the three-month anniversary of the June 28 coup that ousted him. Mr Zelaya described the marches as "the final offensive" against the interim government.


  1. CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- The state-run oil companies of Venezuela and Vietnam expect to begin extracting heavy crude from the South American country's Orinoco region in 18 months, a Venezuelan official said on Monday.

    Petrovietnam holds a 40 percent stake in a joint venture with PDVSA for crude exploration and production in the Junin 2 block of the Orinoco oil belt, which Venezuelan officials say holds some of the world's largest hydrocarbon reserves.

  2. With regards to the legal analysis carried out by the Library of Congress of the United States and published in various media sources as an argument in favor of the "legality" of the what took place on June 28, allow me to share with you the following points:

        * The central argument of the legal analyst of the Library of Congress is that in Honduras there is not a process for impeachment.
        * It asserts that the Honduran Congress does have the ability to interpret the Constitution and this argument serves as the basis for their claim of the legality of the substitution of President Zelaya. The author affirms that Congress carried out an "implicit interpretation" of the Constitution upon using their jurisdiction to "declare the illegality and nullity of the administrative act carried out by the Executive Branch," transforming the case automatically into an impeachment proceeding.

    On this point we must take into account two legal and one political factor:

        * The Supreme Court of Honduras declared it UNCONSTITUTIONAL for the National Congress to interpret the constitution in the verdict issued on May 7, 2003. As such, there exists no legal basis to assert that Congress can interpret the constitution, indirectly constituting a basis for a political verdict permitting the removal of the head of state.

  3. I really like your links Mara. However, not many other than my and you seem interested in this stuff.

    If you would like to touch base offline, you could e-mail Molly, and she could put us in contact.

    Honduras is so tragic. What happened was so unnescessary. The election was in "NOVEMBER" for crying out load, and Zelaya wasn't able to run for reelection. Now Honduras' economy has been hurt. Why should Honduras' poor suffer for this.

    Mara, in August, Iraqi oil exports and production hit a new record high. Electricity production hit the highest level since the early 1980s. Really remarkable progress. Unfortunately, Iraq is becoming similar to Venezuela, a petro state with high corruption and a sluggish non oil private sector. Both are also mostly free democracies. Iraq has a slightly lower violent death rate among civilians per capita; but most Iraqi civilian deaths take place because of AQ linked terrorist attacks; which is more traumatic on the public pchyche.

    {For the record I don't blame Chavez for most of Venezuela's problems. Anyone would have confonted enormous difficulties. I am not giving Chavez a pass either.}

  4. <span>not many other than my and you seem interested in this stuff.  </span>
    V and I are interested I think. Otherwise why would I bother posting this anyway?

  5. “We must cancel the contract, due to your client’s recent performance at the Paz Sin Fronteras in Cuba, our community, which is comprised of approximately 85 % Cuban immigrants, became enraged at the thought of the High School supporting an artist who would perform in Cuba. The community came together and threatened civil unrest, protests and the like at the grand opening gala if the High School went ahead with its plans to allow Ms. Diamantes to perform.”

  6. It appears that Roberto Micheletti, the de facto president of Honduras, overplayed his hand on Sunday when he announced a decree that closed down two media outlets (Radio Globo and Canal 36), dissolved the right of assembly and permitted police to detain suspects without warrents. Just for good measure he also gave the Brazilian embassy a 10-day ultimatum to release elected-President Mel Zelaya, saying that the government would not respect the embassy as Brazilian territory (a violation of diplomatic protocol and what would amount to—according to the Brazilian government—as an invasion of Brazilian territory).  And he threw out the OAS delegation that had arrived, saying they had come too early.