US State Dept. & Amnesty International don’t want Honduran protestors to die in vain

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In Honduras last year, an illegitimate government clashed with justifiably angry public. The result? Over 118 protestors charged, and 32 more of them dead. The U.S. State Department and Amnesty International are right in calling for action in Honduras.

“Amnesty said 118 people face charges related to the protests, but no member of the security forces has been charged in any of the 32 deaths.

“The security forces employed excessive force to repress peaceful demonstrators, they were locked up in deplorable conditions for months and denied their right to due process and adequate defense,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas director.

She said that by imposing harsh sentences on those arrested the government is trying to intimidate them against exercising their right to freedom of expression.

The wait for election results dragged on for weeks due to irregularities, but the controversy began before votes were cast when Honduras’ top court overturned a constitutional ban on re-election to allow Hernandez to run.

“There are no investigations into the deaths nor charges against the law enforcement officers,” the report said.

Nauert said Hernandez and Pompeo also discussed combatting corruption and drug trafficking and discouraging illegal migration.”

For more, see the whole article in ABC News

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