Venstreregimene i Latin-Amerika
El golpe en Honduras: implicaciones para
la democracia y las relaciones internacionales en América Latina
( The coup in Honduras: Implications for democracy and international relations in Latin America)
Wednesday 29 September, 10:15 - 12:00
Auditorium 2, Georg Sverdrups hus (University library), Blindern, Oslo
Coup d’état has long been a repeating threat to democracy in Latin America, and consequently regional mechanisms have been established as a protection. When the democratically elected president of Honduras, Mauel Zelaya, was removed by a coup in June 2009, regional mediation processes were initiated as an intent to find a solution to the political crisis. However, the mediation was not very successful, and the process revealed conflicts between USA and Latin America, as well as between Latin American countries. What have been the implications of the coup and the subsequent mediation process for international cooperation in Latin America, with its emphasis on democracy and human rights? What will be the consequences for the position of democracy in Central America in particular?
Victor Meza is founder and director of the Honduran research centre Centro de Documentación de Honduras (CEDOH). He is an author and coauthor of several books on democratic governance and social movements, among other subjects. Victor Meza was Minister of Interior in the government of Zelaya, and after the coup he became Zelaya’s lead negotiator in the mediation process.