Since the military coup d’état in your country, Canadians have been outraged by the turn of events of July 5th were President Zelaya was not allowed to enter his own country and with the army turning their weapons against civilians and violating their basis right of freedom of expression.
Our committee is including the attached letter (in French and English) signed by 40 Canadians organizations from across Canada expressing their concerns with non-constitutional government in place represented by Mr. Michelleti.
The Solidarity Committee with the people of Honduras
Ottawa-Gatineau, July 6, 2009
Mr. Guillermo Javier Valladares Lainez, Chargé d’Affaires
Embassy of the Republic of Honduras
151 Slater St., Ste. 805
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H3
Dear Mr. Valladares,
The undersigned Canadian organizations are very concerned about the abuses carried out by the de-facto President Michelleti in the progress repressing the democratic aspirations of the people of Honduras.
As we understand, at this moment the people of Honduras are on the streets defending the constitutionality and democracy of their country while bravely resisting the repressive and violent actions of the armed forces which seek to impose a government that ignores the constitutionally elected and only internationally recognized President of Honduras, Mr. Manuel Zelaya.
The Honduran people and their social and popular organizations are victims of violation of their human, civil and democratic rights. Popular leaders have been captured, kidnapped and disappeared. Despite this, large demonstrations are underway in all major cities. Thousands of supporters for the President Zelaya are concentrated around the Presidential Palace and the roads are being taken by the people in total repudiation of the Coup d’état.
With this understanding, the undersigned organizations request:
1. Respect for the constitutionality and sovereignty of the Honduran people;
2. The lifting of the curfew, the return of the military to their barracks, the release of anyone who has been arrested during the coup, and the immediate reinstatement of democratic safeguards and civil liberties;
3. Ensure the immediate, safe and unconditional return of the elected President, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and the return of the institutional functioning of all authorities legally established by his government;
4. The reinstatement of respect for human, social and civil rights of the people of Honduras;
5. Everyone involved in this coup should be presented to the judicial courts and tribunals relevant to this barbarism so that there is no impunity.
We condemn this coup against President Manuel Zelaya and we reject any actions that threatens the democratic will and aspirations of the people of Honduras
BC CASA – Vancouver, BC
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) – Canada
Café Justicia – Vancoucer, BC
Café Justicia – Ottawa, ON
Canaven International – Canada
Casa Maiz – Toronto, ON
Comité FMLN de Ottawa y Región de la Capital Nacional – Ottawa, Canada.
Cristina Rojas, Professor, Carleton University – Ottawa, ON
Comunidad Hispana Cristiana de la Iglesia Unida Emmanuel – Ottawa, ON
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) CPC (M-L) – Canada
Colectivo de Territorio Libre – Ottawa, ON
COSPES LONDON – London, ON
CUPE 1979 – Ottawa, ON
Eduardo Corro & François Godbout for Témoins pour la démocratie au Salvador – Montréal, QC
Fightback: The Marxist Voice of Labour and Youth – Ottawa, ON
Fred Williams – Coldbrook, N.S.
Guatemala Community Network – Ontario
Hands off Venezuela, Ottawa Chapter – Ottawa, ON
Hispanic Community of United Emmanuel Church – Ottawa, ON
John W. Foster (Dr.) of the North-South Institute – Canada
Kairos: Capital Area Justice Initiatives – Ottawa, ON
K-W Mayan Project -Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
Kingston Central American Solidarity Committee – Kingston, ON
Latin América Connexions – Vancouver, BC
Latin American Canadian Solidarity Association (LACASA) – London, ON
La Red Latinoamericana de Solidaridad – Toronto, ON
La Vie Réelle – Montréal, QC
Le Sac à Dos (Action-réinsertion) – Montréal, QC
Michel Lacroix of Catholic Archdiocese of Gatineau – QC
NOWAR-PAIX – Ottawa, ON
Rassemblement Outaouais contre la guerre, ROCG – Gatineau, QC
Rights Action – Canada
Salvadorian Canadian Association of Ottawa & National Capital Region (ASCORCAN) – Ottawa, ON
Salvadorian Women’s Community – Gatineau, QC
Solidarity Committee with the people in Honduras – Ottawa-Gatineau, ON
Social Action Office, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal – QC
Taller Cultural El Dorado – Ottawa, ON
Tzijolaj Guatemala – Canada
Venezuela We Are With You Coalition -Toronto, ON
The Office of the Canadian Embassy in Honduras
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)