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Amnesty Int’l: Police Brutality Rampant But Nary a Word About Military

August 19, 2009
After a closer look at Amnesty’s report on human rights in Honduras, it looks like the police are getting their just due, but the military gets a rap on the knuckles.  AI says police brutality is rampant and that the military should never have been used to back up the civilian police forces.  Actually, in the first few weeks of the coup, it was the police who were used to back up the military.

AI’s relative exclusion of discussion of specific military abuses is no oversight.  The US has every reason to characterize repression used after the coup as police overstepping during a time of great social upheaval.  To speak of military brutalities, such as the airport shooting on July 5 and treatment of protesters along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, makes this coup look exactly like what it is, a military coup, and something that the US cannot allow AI or anyone else to establish.

Stay tuned.


Honduras: Human rights crisis threatens as repression increases

Honduras: Human rights crisis threatens as repression increases


Index Number: AMR 37/004/2009
Date Published: 19 August 2009
Categories: Honduras

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