Leaders of 64
unions from twelve Latin American countries, who took part in the 3rd Meeting of
the IUF Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers (FELATRAC) sent a letter
to the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Nicaragua,
Uruguay and Venezuela supporting the decision of not recognizing the government
of Porfirio Lobo, nor accepting the readmission of Honduras to the Organization
of American States (OAS).
In the letter,
unionists state that upon arrival in Honduras they were informed of the murder
of three peasants, members of MUCA, by
gunmen paid by landowners of Bajo Aguán, under the leadership of
as they intend to seize those lands and plant African oil palm.
The letter also
states that in the last few months the persecution of peasants has resulted in
ten violent deaths.
In the letter
there is reference to an interview with Berta
Oliva, national coordinator of the Committee of Relatives of the Detained
and Disappeared (COFADEH). “According to Oliva,
during the first six months of Porfirio
Lobo 's government there have
been more than one thousand violations of Human Rights: eight journalists were
killed and the estimated number of exiled persons is 127. During such period,
the number of violations of human rights was 45 percent higher than during the
seven months of Roberto
Micheletti's de facto government”.
report in the letter that they have verified the ruthless repression suffered by
the teachers' union demonstration, when four persons were hospitalized, and ten
They also state
in the letter that they have “a large file about the systematic harassment being
suffered by our affiliate, the Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS),
which president, Carlos H. Reyes,
is a member of the IUF
Executive Committee and one of the main representatives of the struggle for
democracy in Honduras”.
situation is being systematically silenced by the leading local media -- states
the letter-- and ignored by a substantial part of the international community,
which has taken Honduras off
unionists state their strong commitment and support for "your political decision
of not recognizing the present government led by Porfirio Lobo and opposing to
the readmission of Honduras to
the Organization of American States (OAS)”.