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result of the coup, Honduras was
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administration inherited a major economic and fiscal crisis and asevere domestic security situation. Honduras has made significantprogress in achieving macroeconomic stability, strengtheninggovernance, promoting national reconciliation, building diplomaticbridges to a broad swathe of nations, adopting policies andmeasures to combat domestic security and organized crime, and
restoring civilian control of the military. The major challenges
still facing the Lobo administration are the return to Honduras offormer President Jose Manuel "Mel" Zelaya who was ousted in thecoup, the reintegration of Honduras into the Organization ofAmerican States (OAS), and a strengthening of the human rightsprotections regime; in practice, these two issues are linked.Overall, we also believe that the U.S. has worked well andsuccessfully with the Lobo administration encouraging Honduras tomove on a clear democratic path, strengthening cooperation onsecurity issues under the Merida-CARSI initiative, and adopting amatrix of stabilization and pro-growth economic policies. We willcontinue to focus on these key areas and continue to advocate formore actions in dealing with the problems of impunity, corruption
and human rights. End summary.
2. (C) President Porfirio Lobo will have been in office for oneyear on January 27, 2011. When he took office, only seven monthshad elapsed since the June 28, 2009 coup d'etat. The countryPresident Lobo took charge of was deeply polarized; the de factoregime had refused to step down before Lobo's inauguration(although regime leader Roberto Micheletti did not attend theinauguration ceremony) and President Jose Manuel "Mel" Zelaya wasin refuge in the Brazilian Embassy. Zelaya had rejected theTegucigalpa-San Jose Accord after Micheletti attempted tounilaterally set up the national unity government provided for inthe Accord. In addition, Honduras had been expelled from the OASand few nations recognized the Government of Honduras (GOH). Therewas a serious deterioration in the human rights situation in thewake of the coup d'etat. Reported allegations of human rightsviolations following the coup d'etat included arbitrary arrests,disproportionate use of force such as beatings and incidentsresulting in the loss of life, infringements of freedom ofexpression by individuals and the media, threats againstjournalists and regime opponents, and an erosion in the littleprotection that existed for vulnerable communities such as women,the indigenous, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)persons.Governance and National Reconciliation
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2011-02922 Date: 04/03/2012