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Human Rights Groups Decry Post-Election Violence, Torture in Honduras

LADB Article ID: 80564
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2018-04-05
By: George Rodríguez

The bloody 2009 coup d’état in Honduras is not actually over, and its negative effects are still being felt, as the violence that has gripped the country since the Nov. 26 presidential elections demonstrates. That is the assessment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and of a local organization made up of relatives of disappeared men and women in Honduras, the Comité de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH). Incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández’s victory, made official by the country’s top electoral authority, the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), was the result of what political opposition forces and the population in general describe as flagrant fraud. Opposition street demonstrations and repression by police and Army troops continued into Hernández’s inauguration on Jan. 27 with a high degree selective persecution, according to human rights watchdogs, repeating the pattern seen under the regime established immediately after the 2009 coup.“The human rights violations described in this report occurred in the context of a political, economic, and social crisis that can be traced back to the … coup d’état, and the subsequent delay in undertaking critical institutional, political, economic, and social reforms,” the OHCHR said in a 34-page document issued on March 12.

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