Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hundereds detained in sports stadium in Honduras?...

NPR reported this morning rumours that in its crack down on protesters outside the Brazilian embassy, hundreds have been detained in a sports stadium in the area (disturbing echos from Latin Americas past). Here is a recent urgent action call from the Alliance for Global Justice...

Please write immediately to the UN missions members of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and others, IMMEDIATELY. The contact information for all the listed missions is below the sample letter. Demand that the United Nations immediately impose an economic blockaid on Honduras, a demand of the National Front of Resistance to the Coup against Honduras. The United Nations initiated a session today. Honduran President Manuel Zelaya yesterday arrived in Honduras, and is in the Brazilian Embassy. The defacto government is attacking protesters who have gathered around the Brazilian Embassy to protect the constitutionally elected President Manuel Zelaya. Dangerous quantities of tear gas are being used around the Brazilian embassy at a level that puts in danger the lives of the Brazilian diplomatic corps, President Zelaya, and neighbors of the Embassy.

According to radio reports in Honduras, protesters are being rounded up and held in stadiums. Live ammunition has been used against protesters along with extreme beatings. Masked men accompany police and military. Deaths of protesters are rumored. The offices of leading Honduran human rights organization COFADEH was attacked with tear gas. A curfew is in effect and scheduled to begin at 4 pm, and extreme repression during the curfew is expected. Over the past 88 days the Resistance Front has maintained constant protests of thousands of protester daily.

SAMPLE LETTER
Esteemed Ambassador: I write to request that in your capacity as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council you propose a resolution to obligate members of the United Nations to impose a trade bock aid against Honduras. In this way the non recognition of the de facto regime that came to power through a military coup on June 28, 2009 will be made effective. Today the coup regime is undertaking a direct attack on the Embassy of Brazil, where the constitucional President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya is located. They are using dangerous levels of tear gas, and have fired live ammunition; acts that put at risk the lives and wellbeing of hundreds of members of Brazils diplomatic corpse and thousands of people in the street and homes around the embassy. This repression is the latest in 88 days of repression by the coup government. For this reason it is urgent that an economic blockaid be imposed and that the possibility of a peace keeping mission be discussed.

Sincerely,

United Nations Missions in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations CanadaE-mail: canada@un.int or prmny@international.gc.caTelephone: 212-848-1100 Fax: (1) 212-848-1195, -1192, -1128

United Stateshttp://www.archive.usun.state.gov/Issues/contactus.htmlTelephone212-415-4062Fax: 212-415-4053

United KingdomUK@UN.intTelephone: (1) (212) 745 9200Fax:1 (212) 745 9316

Francefrance@franceonu.orgTelephone : 1 (212) 702 4900 Fax : 1 (212) 421 6889

Germanyhttp://www.new-york-un.diplo.de/Vertretung/newyorkvn/en/Kontakt.jsp

IndiaIndia@un.intTel: 212-490-9660 Fax: 212-490-9656

NetherlandsTel: (212) 519-9500 Fax: (212) 370-1954netherlands@un.int

New ZealandTel: (212) 826 1960Fax: (212) 758 0827Email nzmissionny@earthlink.net

NorwayPhone: 212-421-0280 Fax: 212-688-0554E-mail: delun@mfa.no

Swedensweden@un.intTelephone: (212) 583-2500Fax: 212 583 2549


This Alert was prepared by the Campaign for Labor Rights.
We can be reached by phone at 202-544-9355 or 520-243-0381. You can also email james@afgj.org for more information.
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