Rights & Democracy condemns coup d’état in Honduras

Montreal, June 30, 2009 – Rights & Democracy (the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) condemns the coup d’état which occurred in Honduras on June 28th 2009 against the constitutional government of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales. The army grabbed power illegally, expelling the democratically elected government, and arbitrarily detaining its political representatives.

We call for the full application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the Organization of American States. This charter un-equivocally condemns all “unconstitutional alterations or interruptions” of the democratic order, which is deemed unacceptable by all states of the region.

Rights & Democracy recalls, as has the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, that all human rights must be respected at all times, including freedom of expression, the right to physical integrity and access to judicial guarantees of due process, for all Honduran citizens, irrespective of their political affiliation. We urge the Honduran Army to avoid all human rights violations in Honduras. Specifically, we are very concerned by the situation of human rights defenders in Honduras whose personal security is under threat. 

Finally, Rights & Democracy expresses its great satisfaction with the position adopted by the international community, which has unanimously denounced the coup d’état.