News: British MPs Call for Non-Recognition of Sunday's Honduran Elections under Coup Regime‏

Over 25 British MPs and MEPs have called for "all governments, including the Obama Administration, to not recognise the elections on 29 November under the military coup regime" in Honduras, which "are taking place under conditions in which human rights, freedom of assembly and of the press have all been under attack."

Their call has also been endorsed by prominent cultural figures including David Hare and Brian Eno, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber in addition to numerous trade union leaders, and a range of writers, academics and Latin American organisations.

Over 25 British MPs and MEPs have called for "all governments, including the Obama Administration, to not recognise the elections on 29 November under the military coup regime" in Honduras, which "are taking place under conditions in which human rights, freedom of assembly and of the press have all been under attack."

Their call has also been endorsed by prominent cultural figures including David Hare and Brian Eno, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber in addition to numerous trade union leaders, and a range of writers, academics and Latin American organisations.

The calls were made in a statement released ahead of this Sunday's elections in Honduras organised by the military coup regime that seized power in Honduras in June. The elected President, Manuel Zelaya, has still not been returned to power and is still seeking refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras. Repression under the coup regime has seen at least 20 people killed, more than 600 people wounded and beaten and 3500 people detained since June. Nearly all of Latin America governments have declared that they will not do so. Worryingly the United States government has indicated it will recognise these illegitimate elections.

On non-recognition of the elections Colin Burgon MP said:

"President Obama said he wanted a new beginning in relations with Latin America. These elections are litmus test on whether he was serious about breaking with the US’ previous role in the region. If the US government recognises these elections it will not only isolate itself from nearly every government in the continent but, more worryingly, it would give a green light to opponents of democracy throughout Latin America that military coups will be tolerated."

The statement in full reads:

Latin America today faces the greatest threat to its democracy in decades. The military coup that overthrew elected President Manual Zelaya and seized power in Honduras in June is now seeking to legitimise its illegal government through the international recognition of elections that will take place on 29 November. Such recognition would give a green light to opponents of democracy throughout the continent that military coups will be tolerated.

Free and fair elections in Honduras on November 29 are impossible. The elections are taking place under conditions in which human rights, freedom of assembly and of the press have all been under attack. Repression under the coup regime has seen at least 20 people killed, more than 600 people wounded and beaten and 3500 people detained since June.

The legitimate Honduran President Manual Zelaya has called for supporters of democracy not to recognise the elections under the military coup regime. Nearly all of Latin America governments have declared that they will not do so. Worryingly the United States government has indicated it will recognise these illegitimate elections.

We call on all governments, including the Obama Administration, to not recognise the elections on 29 November under the military coup regime.

· Colin Burgon MP Chair, All-party Parliamentary Group on Venezuela

· Jon Cruddas MP,

· Ken Livingstone,

· Baroness Gibson Chair APPG on Latin America,

· Brendan Barber General secretary, TUC,

· Jamie Hepburn MSP (SNP),

· Adam Price MP (Plaid Cymru),

· Caroline Lucas MEP Leader, Green party,

· Bruce Kent,

· David Hare,

· John Pilger,

· Lowkey (Musician),

· Brian Eno,

· Dr J Buxton Centre for International Co-operation and Security, University of Bradford

· Tony Lloyd MP Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party

· Doreen Massey, Professor of Geography at the Open University

· Johan Harri, commentator

· Ann Cryer MP

· Brian Simpson MEP

· Colin Challen MP

· Clare Short MP

· Dave Anderson MP

· David Chaytor MP

· David Drew MP

· David Martin MEP

· David Taylor MP

· Diane Abbott MP

· Gordon Prentice MP

· George Galloway MP

· Harry Cohen MP

· Hywel Williams MP

· Ian Davidson MP

· Jeremy Corbyn MP

· Jean Lambert MEP

· John Battle MP

· John Battle MP

· John Hemming MP

· John McDonnell MP

· Lord Nic Rea

· Mark Fisher MP

· Martin Caton MP

· Michael Cashman MEP

· Neil Gerrard MP

· Nigel Griffiths MP

· Paul Flynn MP

· Paul Holmes MP

· Rob Marris MP

· Steve Pound MP

· Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson Joint general secretaries, Unite the Union

· Sally Hunt General secretary, UCU

· GMB union

· Alan Ritchie General secretary, Ucatt

· Luke Crawley Assistant general secretary, Bectu

· Mick Shaw President, FBU

· Matt Wrack General secretary, FBU

· Gerry Doherty General secretary, TSSA

· Bob Crow General secretary, RMT

· Steve Hart - Unite London & Eastern Regional Secretary

· Chris McLaughlin Editor, Tribune

· Sam Tarry National chair of Young Labour

· Chris Weldon Labour party NEC

· Kaveh Moussavi University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Head of the Public Interest Law Programme

· Professor Keith Ewing

· Professor Mary Davis

· Dr Steve Ludlam Department of politics, University of Sheffield

· Diana Raby Senior fellow, Latin American studies, University of Liverpool

· Barry Cannon Postdoctoral fellow, school of law and government, Dublin City University

· Hazel Marsh School of politics, social & international studies, University of East Anglia

· Dr Michael Derham School of arts and social sciences, Northumbria University

· Rod Stoneman Director of the Huston school of film & digital media

· Dr Stephen Wilkinson Director, Centre for Caribbean and Latin American research and consultancy, London Metropolitan University

· Professor Ernesto Laclau University of Essex

· Cuba Solidarity Campaign

· Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

· Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

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