US Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gives letter to Obama on Honduras

Below is the letter that Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gave personally to President Obama today as confirmed by her twitter account.  You can confirm her twitter account here.  Please tweet a thank you to her about this letter and give her your support!  Also send a tweet to President Obama of that same support!

Illeana Ros-Lehtinen

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20500

Dear Mr. President:

I would like to take this opportunity to raise growing concerns about the U.S. approach to human rights, democratic principles, rule of law, and constitutional institutions in the Western Hemisphere, focusing on your Administration’s response to the constitutional crisis in Honduras and the U.S. role at the Organization of American States and the United Nations with respect to this situation.

I expected the Administration to adopt a deliberative, responsible approach to developments in Honduras.  However, the U.S. stance from the onset appears to have been focused on supporting one individual, President Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, irrespective of the Honduran constitution, rule of law, and democratic institutions.  This myopic, Zelaya-centric approach has intensified in the last 72 hours since reports surfaced that the Honduran military had taken Mr. Zelaya into custody and that Mr. Zelaya had departed Honduras.

There are numerous conflicting reports about the events that have transpired in Honduras in the last few days.  Facts are in dispute.  Yet, there has been no apparent attempt by the U.S to discern the truth about the status of democratic and constitutional order in this Central American country, before making summary conclusions and issuing condemnations based on incomplete information.

However, Mr. President, the constitutional crisis in Honduras did not commence on Sunday, June 28th but, at least, three months earlier, when Mr. Zelaya issued his Executive Decree on March 23rd of this year calling for a referendum to extend his presidential term to be held before July.  Despite the clear limitations established in Article 5, Article 374, and other articles of the Honduran constitution concerning the presidential term and parameters for a referendum, the United States appeared to unconditionally embrace Mr. Zelaya’s plans.  The Honduran Supreme Court, the Administrative courts, the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Electoral Tribunal, and the National Congress all declared the referendum to be illegal.  Additional legislative action was taken by the Honduran National Congress on June 23rd to prevent Mr. Zelaya’s violations of Honduran rule of law and constitutional precepts.  The U.S. failed to take effective steps, bilaterally or through the Organization of American States, to support these legitimate efforts by the other co-equal branches of Honduras’ democratic government to enforce Honduran law.  On Friday, June 26th, Mr. Zelaya issued another decree ordering government employees to participate in the “Public Opinion Poll to convene a National Constitutional Assembly,” which would have reportedly triggered Article 239 of the Honduran constitution requiring he be relieved of his duties and office.  The U.S. failed to respond.  This marked a serious failure in U.S. diplomacy and democracy advocacy.  As such, many would argue, that the U.S. is complicit in the escalation of the constitutional crisis in Honduras.

At the OAS and the UN General Assembly this week, the U.S. accepted resolution texts drafted by Mr. Zelaya and his immediate advisors and agreed to proposals put forth by the leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia—all for the sake of consensus. Joining the “race to the bottom” or serving as an echo chamber is not helpful to our political, economic, or security interests in the region.

Looking forward, it is my hope, Mr. President, that your Administration will not have the U.S. response hinge on unconfirmed reports and accusations by sources with a vested interest in ensuring a particular outcome that may, or may not, be in the interest of the United States.  Instead, we must work together to advance core U.S. principles and achieve the stated goal of consolidating and strengthening the rule of law and democratic institutions in our Hemisphere.

Thank you for your time and consideration.



Ranking Member

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  • Esteban

    Dear Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,

    Thank you for your letter to President Obama. Many of us in Honduras are amazed he would not see that former President Zelaya was peacefully and legally removed for violating the constitution. He was warned many times and we are concerned about his mental stability, based on his ignoring the warnings.

  • Ana

    Dear Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,

    Thank you..thank you and a million thank yous for your support.
    We are greatful for people like you who are stading up against injustice.

    We want the world to see our thruth. We want a free Honduras forever free – No Mel Zelaya, no Chavez – just a free democratic Honduras!

    • hola anita que tal? espero que esteis bien de salud y orgullosa de defender la bella democracia que es lo mejor que tenemos en la vida hacer las cosas bien hechas y en paz sin violencia. bueno mi nombre es antonio guido y soi de nueva york estoi al tanto de las noticias de lo que paso en honduras aunque no sea de alla pero para defender la democracia soi capaz de todo porque se mui bien lo que significa la democracia y quiero felicitarte por tu comentario ya vote por ti que esta perfecto lo que dices y te apoyo energicamente yo llamare a mi republicana iliana ros para agradecerle el la apoyo y decirle que haga algo mas para que los comunistas no se salgan con las suyas y que el pueblo quede deprimido por la conveniencia de ellos que no saben lo que es la paz,la harmonia,la democracia y la felicidad de los pueblos.muchas gracias y espero que algun dia me escribas a mi correo para estar en contacto y apoyarnos en esto para derrocar a los demonios enfermos comunistas que los que son titeres del demonio de chavez no son valientes si no unos cobardes seguidores que se dejan manipular. este es mi correo,

  • Carlos Ordoñez

    Dear Ms/rs. ROS-LEHTINEN

    Thank you for your courageous letter to the president of the US, calling for a truth seeking quest. We need more brave people like you to come in defense of the weak.

    Thank you Again

  • Franco

    Thank you for defending the truth and the democracy . We need people like you in this world

  • Drew Collins

    Dear Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
    I am an Expat (US) living in Honduras and I would like to share my appreciation for your letter to President Obama.
    It was concise and to the point.
    I feel that much of the US, "Leaders of Freedom", in the first world are being subjected to sensationalized media that still considers Honduras under military rule, which as you and millions of Hondurans know is not the case.
    Thank you for being a voice in the darkness. I thank you in advance to share our voice with the political colleagues you have.

  • Esther Dobos

    I am in complete agreement. I hope Obama takes the time to read this and takes the time to find out the truth about Honduran democracy before making radical judgments and that he can encourage others in the international community to do the same. The Honduran people need America's support in sustaining their democracy, not to be forced to reinstate a leader that they feel has betrayed their country.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am a US citizen but Honduras is close to my heart as I lived and worked there for 2 years. Thank you for standing up for Honduras!! I hope and pray others will open their eyes to what is going on and act on behalf on Honduras! They need help!

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  • Adela

    Thank you for your courageous letter and for taking your time to know the facts and all the events that lead to all of the situation in my country. Thank you for not being biased and for standing up for Honduras. I wish I had more words to state my gratitude. Thank you.

  • Jose E

    Dear Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,

    It is a double standard that in the United Stated, a representative can be elected as many times as the voters continue to vote for you, yet, you are advocating to deny that opportunity to another candidate.

    Only because you disagree with a type of government does not give you the right to prevent them form asking voters to electe them. Honestly, that's called HIPOCRISY.

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