Ten years after the coup d’etat on June 28, 2009, the Peoples Human Rights Observatory expresses its solidarity and support to the brave resistance of the Honduran people. From the Observatory, we recognize that the 2009 coup was not only an attack against the elected president Manuel Zelaya, but also an affront to Honduran democracy, to its sovereignty as an independent country and, furthermore, an attack to the will of a country that has resisted surrendering to the economic, political and military interests of the United States and Canada.
The post-coup governments have displaced Honduras from the path of independence from the US regime to be a servile model to foreign interests in the region. While the government of Manuel Zelaya sought reforms to the minimum wage, to the distribution of the land, in favor of sexual and reproductive rights, in support of LGBTQ communities and to address the poverty and violence that force migration; the right-wing governments -currently represented by the dictatorial regime of Juan Orlando Hernández- have plunged the country into a spiral of violence, marginalization and poverty that are reflected in the high rates of killings, internally displaced people and expelled people from their homeland to seek refuge in other latitudes of the continent.
Currently, Juan Orlando Hernández is the inheritor of the tradition of treason and violence against the Honduran people that has been perpetuated by the national extreme right, the United States and Canada.Examples of the consequences of the 2009 coup include the murder of Berta Cáceres in 2016 and of more than 130 land defenders since 2010; the poverty and extreme poverty rates that affect more than 66 percent of the population; the murder of more than 32 journalists, 1552 students, at least 250 members of the LGBTQ community, as well as attacks against indigenous leaders, lawyers and the general population under the Juan Orlando regime; the electoral fraud of 2017, the repression that left more than 30 people killed by Honduran security forces and the arrest of the political prisoners Edwin Espinal, Raúl Álvarez, Gustavo Cáceres and more recently Rommel Herrera; and the increase in the exodus of Hondurans to the United States….