Honduras Truth Commission Calls Zelaya Ouster A Coup; Blames Government For 20 Deaths

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Top Story — The Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded Thursday that the 2009 ouster of then President Manuel Zelaya was a coup. The commission said that the removal of Zelaya was illegal and not the constitutional succession that some of Zelaya’s opponents claimed. The report was presented to current Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, Head of the Supreme Court Jorge Rivera Avilez and Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. The 2009 coup was sparked by Zelaya’s refusal to stop a referendum linked to presidential term limits, which the commission called a “a point of no return.” The commission also blamed the Honduran government for human rights violations in the seven months after the coup. The government caused the death of 20 people, eight of whom were assassinated and 12 others were killed during street protests.

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