Thursday, March 24, 2011

CCR and Honduras Commission of Truth press briefing on FOIA suit

Via Quotha:

The Center for Constitutional Rights hosted a press briefing this morning at the National Press Club on the occasion of the filing of a FOIA suit seeking documents pertaining to the 2009 coup in Honduras.

From the CCR press release:
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) launched litigation against two United States agencies seeking information relating to the coup d’état in Honduras on June 28, 2009. Also, the Honduran Commission of Truth and CCR announced a separate round of requests for additional documents and records relating to the coup under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). They called for the U.S. administration to cooperate with the requests and support the Commission’s effort which they said could help lead to genuine truth and reconciliation. Initial FOIA requests have been either unanswered, denied or heavily redacted.

“The events in Honduras cannot be viewed or fully understood in isolation,” said Thomas Loudon, Executive Secretary of the Commission of Truth in Honduras, which was established by the Platform for Human Rights. “Information about the role that various U.S. interests, actors, or agencies may have played in these events is essential to complete the picture, to fully understand how and why this rupture happened, to ensure accountability for the coup and ongoing human rights violations stemming from it.”
I hope the briefing was recorded.

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