For Immediate Release
Honduras: Security Forces must respect human rights
LONDON - As further demonstrations by supporters
of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya are expected to take place
later today, Amnesty International is urging the security forces to
“refrain from using excessive force against protesters and ensure the
safety of those participating in the demonstrations.”
“We are concerned for the safety of protesters,” said Kerrie Howard, Americas Deputy Director at Amnesty International.
“Failure to allow demonstrators to express their opinions peacefully
would only fuel an already fragile situation, said Kerrie Howard.
Amnesty International’s call to the security forces comes after
supporters of President Zelaya clashed with the military in the context
of demonstrations that took place on Monday night. According to media
reports, several protesters were injured.
A number of trade unions across Honduras have announced an
indefinite strike commencing on Tuesday in support of the ousted
Zelaya has announced he will return to Honduras on Thursday. Jose
Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American
States, has offered to accompany him.
Political turmoil in the Central American country commenced after
President Zelaya was detained by the military and forcibly exiled from
the country on Sunday. Roberto Micheletti, Congress speaker, has been
sworn in as "Interim President".
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