Friday, June 11, 2010

Tirzah Flores: "profound reform" of judicial system needed

Let's give Tirzah Flores Lanza the last word.

In a letter she addressed to the head of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, Flores Lanza appeals to the OAS not to readmit Honduras.

She writes:
The political crisis that the State of Honduras has experienced since the events of the Coup d'Etat of the past 28th of June, 2009, will continue to deepen unless there are envisioned, from the governmental sector, democratic alternatives to re-establish the institutionality of the State of Law.

The break of constitutional order has left its mark on the judicial power, where its authorities understand the events as a 'constitutional succession' and a sector of judges and magistrates, officials and employees, in particular, the Association of Judges for Democracy, have assumed a position of condemning the coup d'Etat, implicating us in peaceful demonstrations, public denunciations and legal actions oriented to the guardianship of constitutional guarantees and to obtain the return of constitutional order.


In the face of this situation, the Asociación de Jueces por la Democracia, solicits you, Secretary General of the OAS, that prior to any recognition or reincorporation of Honduras in the OAS, there is demanded of the government of Porfirio Lobo Sosa, that it assumes a true commitment to promotion and defense of human rights that would include:

1.- That the Honduran State will assume its responsibility for all the violations of human rights that occurred during and after the coup d'Etat, which implies the punishment of all those responsible for those crimes and the reparation of the victims and their families.

2.- That there be produced a reorganization of all the system of justice, for which it is necessary that there is immediately realized a profound reform of the Judicial Power and the Public Prosecutor.

3.- That there proceeds the reintegration of the judges and magistrate.

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