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Honduras commission seeks justice in coup

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A truth commission formed by human rights organizations called on President Porfirio Lobo's government on Wednesday to annul a 2010 amnesty law and fire Honduran officials responsible for the coup that overthrew his predecessor, Manuel Zelaya.

The report issued by the non-governmental commission also calls on Lobo's administration to pay unspecified reparations to Zelaya supporters who were victims of the 2009 coup. The commission was formed by local rights groups with the support of international organizations.

The report says military and civilian officials involved in the coup should lose their jobs, and that people who fled Honduras because they were persecuted during that period should be allowed to return home.

The report alleges that rights violations have continued since the coup, including the formation of groups resembling death squads.

There was no immediate response to the report from Lobo's government.

Commission president Elsie Monge said the main goal of the report "is to give voice to the victims and to halt the human rights violations that continue after the coup."

Commission members include Nora Cortinas, a co-founder of Argentina's Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, former Salvadoran Supreme Court Justice Mirna Perla, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina, and Honduran writer Helen Umana.

Honduras' army flew Zelaya out of the country in June 2009 after Zelaya pushed ahead with plans for a referendum on changing the constitution even though the Supreme Court ruled the vote illegal. The move was widely condemned by other nations.

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