Global Exchange 2009 Emergency Delegation


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In August of 2009,  Global Exchange organized a human rights delegation to Honduras to witness the human rights violations under the Honduran coup regime.
Report of Global Exchange Delegation to Honduras
August 7-15, 2009
Purpose and itinerary of delegation 
Members went to witness, accompany the daily protests to help prevent violations of human rights, and report back on the current situation in Honduras since the coup of June 28, 2009. The delegation's itinerary included meetings with:
  • Berta Oliva of the Committee of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH), a leading human rights organization
  • Leaders of the Frente Nacional Contra El Golpe de Estado en Honduras (National Front Against the Coup in Honduras) including Rafael Alegria (Via Campesina), Juan Barahona (Bloque Popular), Eulogio Chaves (COPEMH),
  • Israel Salinas (CUTH) and Porfirio Ponce (STIBYS)
  • Worker and campesino union leaders in both Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, including leaders of the STIBYS (Bottlers Union) and a maquiladora union
  • Father Andrés Tamayo
  • Mrs. Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, First Lady of Honduras
  • Carlos H. Reyes, Independent Presidential candidate November 2009 elections
  • U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens
  • Jari Dixon and others from the Lawyers Front Against the Coup
  • Dr. Juan Almendares and Alba Mejia, Center for Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and their families (CPTRT)
  • Gilda Rivera, Women's Rights Center (CDM)
  • Gustavo Ramos, Radio Globo
  • Dozens of rank and file protestors
  • Many people on the street and service workers in hotels, taxis, and restaurants.
The coordinator of the delegation was Andrés Thomas Conteris, Director of the Program on the Americas of Nonviolence International. He was assisted by Joseph Shansky and Tamar Sharabi. 
Includes detailed findings and observations from various meetings with people on the ground, transcribed interviews with victims of police beatings and recommended actions to take.