U.S.-Backed State Violence and Repression in Honduras
In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew democratically elected Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in Honduras have deteriorated. Among those most affected by the post-coup violence are human rights advocates, journalists, women and members of the LGBTQ community.
Immediately following the coup, Hondurans began asking WFP to send delegations to Honduras to document the role of the U.S. in the crisis. We responded, producing a documentary short called Shot in the Back: the Human Impact of the Honduran Coup. Shortly after the coup, Honduras withdrew from ALBA, and attempts have been made to roll back Zelaya’s minimum wage hike, as well as laws proposed to privatize public resources such as rivers for dam projects. The Honduran business elite, which played a key role in instigating and financially maintaining the coup, is intimately tied to U.S. and transnational corporate interests.
Since this time, neoliberal policies, targeted political repression, and violence have expanded under the government. Human rights defenders, environmental activists, and others have been targeted by state repression and violence, most infamously in the March 2016 assassination of Berta Cáceres. Despite the flagrant human rights violations and widespread impunity, the U.S. continues to support Honduras both diplomatically and through military aid.