Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OAS: No Election Observers

While the Honduran press is full of Micheletti's calls for Zelaya to return to the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord that Micheletti willfully burlesqued, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, sees little or no hope that there will be a return to dialog, and has said the OAS will not send election observers unless there is a radical change in the situation.

"It is difficult for the Congress to rule on the restitution of Zelaya...any solution will have to come from decisions of the Honduran nation and the Congress to rule on the issue of the restitution of Zelaya."

While Lanny Davis fiddles for his fascist masters in a Wall Street Journal editorial, Miguel Insulza correctly notes that the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord was broken when Micheletti tried to form a government of national unity without the participation of Zelaya. This past Sunday, after Zelaya declared the accord dead, Micheletti offered to let Zelaya participate in the unity government, but remained adamant that he, Micheletti, would lead it.

Micheletti's response was to issue an 8 point communique Sunday that demanded that the international community send election observers (they aren't going to), remove all sanctions and restore foreign aid (which will continue frozen until there is full compliance with the accord) and stop interfering in the internal affairs of Honduras.

Other than the recognition which Thomas Shannon has guaranteed the de facto government, no government in the Hemisphere is likely to recognize the results of the November 29 elections if held under the current conditions. Honduras will remain diplomatically, and economically isolated.

El Heraldo, in its Minute by Minute column is busy trumpeting all the individual observers from other countries that will come and observe the election. The Election Tribunal has issued a statement that they had been expecting 3000 international observers, but now they expect only 300-400. This they are making into a virtue because that's all the observers they have the budget to support, which is because the international teams have pulled not only their observers, but their funding as well. Most of these observers will be Central American businessmen.


Meno said...

-Most of these observers will be Central American businessmen._

No, most will be American Ex-Pats who follow La Gringa from

They have taken up the call to observe because they were "ASKED" by the Honduran electoral tribunal to participate in observing the elections as seen in this link here

Therefore, ergo, you have the extreme right wing American ex-pat scene observing elections that only have one desired outcome; which is who they want in office. And for some reason these Americans feel they have a right to dictate foreign policy and dictate to real Hondurans who should be representing them in office, and who should be out of office and not in their elected office now.

It is as if to say that Americans living and working in Honduras now are somehow allowed by real Hondurans to make decisions for them and their futures.

What I don't get is how any American ex-pat or otherwise thinks they can have any say over what goes on politically in Honduras, after all they maintain their status as Americans because they are afraid to relinquish it just in case they want to go back home to America, which shows they are not truly Hondurans, but Americans hiding in sheep's clothing waiting to dictate what happens in the future for real Hondurans, despite them being Americans and not Hondurans.

RAJ said...

The official observers that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal is talking about are separate from any astro turf "observers", who should better be considered unofficial intimidators. Their presence, far from legitimating the election, will make it less legitimate as they add to the reasons why dissenting voters would be discouraged from turning out.

American expatriates who have not been naturalized in Honduras are actually bound by the Constitution, by the way, not to engage in political activities, and this proposed activity would be against the law:

ARTICULO 32.- Los extranjeros no podrán desarrollar en el país actividades políticas de carácter nacional ni internacional, bajo pena de ser sancionados de conformidad con la Ley.

Article 32: The foreigners cannot develop national or internaitonal political activities in the country, under pain of being sanctioned in conformity with the Law.

So-- Honduran citizens observing such activity would be within their rights to ask that those "observing" electoral activities be arrested.