Yesterday morning, a military group arrested Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The country’s National Congress has issued a decree replacing President Zelaya and appointing Congress Speaker Roberto Micheletti as his replacement. These acts are not supported by leaders of the international community who have publicly recognized it as a military coup and have asked for the safe return of the elected president to his original post.
As of this moment, Tegucigalpa, the capital, is under military rule, and most of the mass media remain closed. That being said, ONE DROP™ field personnel and partners are fortunately reported not to be affected by the situation. They are nonetheless taking every necessary safety precaution. The organization is closely monitoring the political situation and is in permanent contact with the Project Manager as well as with Oxfam-Québec staff working out of Montreal headquarters. Further information will be shared as events unfold.
We hope that the individuals responsible for the coup will hear the voice of the international community and that the country will find a way to return its institutions to democratic operation. We trust that the democratic rights of the population and all civil society organizations will be upheld during these trying times.