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Honduras

Israel military supporting Honduras' coup

The Honduras' coup has brought attention to the link between the coup and the Israel military. Social movements continue to mobilise in Honduras against the coup, but also international pressure is of huge importance. Revealing the links with Israel gives some background information on the latest intervention against human rights by military in Latin America.

Honduras: Resistance against reform of military service

Students demonstrate against obligatory military serviceStudents demonstrate against obligatory military serviceAfter the military coup in Honduras in June 2009, resistance is growing in the country to what is seen as a reintroduction of conscription, which had been abolished by a constitutional amendment in 1994. Already in July 2009, human rights activists accused the Honduran military to forcefully recruit for the Armed Forces.

Honduras: Estudiantes marchan contra el servicio militar obligatorio

Los líderes estudiantiles advirtieron que no están dispuestos a prestar el servicio militar obligatorio porque “el actual gobierno no es legítimo y no queremos perder tiempo, queremos estudiar”.

Latin American antimilitarists reject the coup in Honduras and demand disarmament and reduced military spending

We - antimilitarists from different Latin American countries, with the support of the worldwide network War Resisters' International (WRI-IRG) - reject and condemn the coup d'état carried out by the Honduran armed. We oppose the use of military intervention to impose a solution on social conflicts. We oppose all forms of repressions and smashing the freedoms of expression and association now occurring in this Central American country, and in particular now we oppose the military repression that favours one political sector in civil conflicts.

Honduran Army Accused of Forced Recruitment in Coup’s Wake

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=338375&CategoryId=23558

SAN JOSE – The Honduran army is forcibly recruiting young men into its ranks after ousting the country’s elected president in a coup last weekend, human rights activists said Wednesday.

Reina Rivera, director of the Honduran rights organization Ciprodeh, and the Rev. Ismael Moreno made the accusation in a conference call with Costa Rican journalists.

Ibero-American Convention on Young People's Rights recognises right to conscientious objection

The Ibero-American Convention on Young People's Rights, which entered into force on 1 March 2008, explicitly recognises the right to conscientious objection. Article 12 of the Convention reads: "Young people have the right to form a conscientious objection against compulsory military service." It also includes a commitment of states to create legal instruments to safeguard this right, and to progressively end compulsory military service.

Honduras

30/04/1998

1 Conscription

conscription not enforced

Since 1994 conscription has not been enforced.

At present there is no clear legal basis for conscription.

In May 1994 the Honduran Congress amended art. 276 of the 1982 Constitution, according to which all able-bodied men aged 18 to 30 were liable to two years' military service. The constitutional amendment established voluntary military service in peace time and called for the 1985 Military Service Act and corresponding regulations to be redrafted.

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