Commission Confirms Rights Violations in Honduras

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Commission Confirms Rights Violations in Honduras

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Amnesty International said protesters were being beaten and arrested by police and the military. (AFP)

TEGUCIGALPA — A delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights confirmed that coup leaders in Honduras have committed
violations of human rights.

The group also said that "only a return to institutional democracy" will allow Honduras to restore individual rights.

Latin
American governments have been seeking a reinstatement of Honduran
President Manuel Zelaya who was ousted in a June 28 coup.

The Organization of American States has suspended Honduras's membership in the body over the coup.

Amnesty
International said Wednesday that protesters in Honduras were being
beaten and arrested by police and the military for opposing the de
facto government.

The London-based rights organization said it
has collected evidence of mass arrests and violence against protesters
by authorities since the interim government came to power in the June
28 bloodless coup.

"Mass arbitrary arrests and ill treatment of
protesters are a serious and growing concern in Honduras today," said
Amnesty researcher Esther Major.

"Detention and ill treatment of
protestors are being employed as form of punishment for those openly
opposing the de facto government and also as a deterrent for those
contemplating taking to the streets to peacefully show their discontent
with the political turmoil the country is experiencing."

Major
said interviews with protesters including students detailed how police
beat them with batons after their arrest at a peaceful demonstration on
July 30 in the capital Tegucigalpa.

In a statement, Amnesty said
harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders and attacks as
well as restrictions imposed on media outlets in Honduras were also
concerns.

 

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