Honduras, Latin America: Week in Review

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

July 8, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

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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North America


  • Cuba’s Supreme Court has set a July 22 date to consider an appeal by U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of illegally importing communications equipment.
  • Ricardo Alegría, a Puerto Rican scholar known for his pioneering studies of the island’s native Taino culture and who is credited with preserving the capital’s colonial district, died Thursday. He was 90.

Central America


  • Venezuela’s convalescing President Hugo Chávez dismissed rumors of a reshuffle on Thursday and kept all his ministers in their jobs, thanking them for their work while he underwent cancer surgery in Cuba.
  • The administration of President Rafael Correa is evaluating purchasing oil hedges to protect Ecuador’s economy against declines in the price of crude oil.
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez suggested Thursday that he spent a number of days incapacitated after undergoing surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor, which Chávez’s critics say means the government was left without a leader.

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