September 22nd, 2009

Meeting in Washington DC, as representatives to the Organisation of American States (OAS) from member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Americas (ALBA), we express our condemnation of the massive violation of human rights of the people of Honduras, who, throughout that country are showing their support for the constitutional president of the Republic of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and his return to Tegucigalpa.

The continued aggression and harassment begun this morning against the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where President Zelaya is being protected, is a brutal violation of International Rights norms and of all the conventions that regulate and guarantee civilised respect of diplomatic relations between countries, including the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.

We add our voice to the regional, national, and world organisations and institutions that have expressed their rejection of these barbaric acts that the coup leaders and supporters have committed in Honduras. We demand an end to the repression, a definite suspension of the curfew, respect of the inviolability of the Brazilian diplomatic headquarters, and the immediate and unconditional restitution of President Zelaya to his functions as Constitutional and Democratic President of Honduras.

Translated by Tamara Pearson for